fran·tic | \ˈfran-tik \

Definition of frantic 

1a archaic : mentally deranged

b : emotionally out of control

2 : marked by fast and nervous, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity made a frantic search for the lost child frantic cries for help

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Other Words from frantic

frantically \ˈfran-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb
franticness \ˈfran-tik-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for frantic


delirious, ferocious, feverish, fierce, frenetic, frenzied, furious, mad, rabid, violent, wild



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Examples of frantic in a Sentence

The girl was frantic with fear. They made a frantic search for the missing child. They were making frantic preparations for the party. a frantic attempt to finish on schedule
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France looked certain to add a second in the frantic minutes that followed, Giroud came closest to delivering for his side but Belgium just about managed to hang on., "France 1-0 Belgium: Umtiti Heads Les Bleus Into World Cup Final as Red Devils Come Up Short Again," 10 July 2018 Less than a minute after that frantic call came in, dispatchers received another: A car had crashed in the 3100 block of Hulmeville Road. Vinny Vella,, "Bucks woman found dead after calling 911 to say boyfriend was going to kill her," 9 July 2018 Chris Tun, the head of Deloitte’s Myanmar operations and a longtime member of the country’s tech community, received a frantic phone call. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 Bradley’s frantic tweets from late Saturday night helped reunite him with Crash on Sunday morning. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley relieved to be reunited with lost dog," 1 July 2018 Portugal had chances in the second half, including a frantic final few minutes of stoppage time with claims of a possible handball in the penalty area from a late corner kick. Tim Booth,, "Edinson Cavani scores twice as Uruguay ousts Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal," 30 June 2018 Since the story of the Incredicoaster is the frantic quest to rescue Jack-Jack, a seat near the back allows the figures to emerge as something of a surprise. Todd Martens,, "Composer Michael Giacchino brings a sense of motion to Disney's Incredicoaster," 5 July 2018 By the time Stephens rushed back, after a frantic call from Lindsey House staff who spotted the cop and Carson outside and intervened. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 On May 29, the same boy had an identical experience, when he was left on an empty bus for four hours and discovered only after his frantic parents made calls to their school, Quba Institute, to try to find their son., "7-year-old Philadelphia boy left alone on empty school bus - for the 2nd time in two weeks," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of frantic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic

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English Language Learners Definition of frantic

: feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry

: having a lot of wild and hurried activity


fran·tic | \ˈfran-tik \

Kids Definition of frantic

1 : feeling or showing fear and worry a frantic search

2 : having wild and hurried activity They made a frantic attempt to finish.

Other Words from frantic

frantically \-ti-kə-lē \ adverb

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