frantic

play
adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic

  1. 1 a archaic :  mentally deranged b :  emotionally out of control

  2. 2 :  marked by fast and nervous, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity

frantically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

franticness

play \-tik-nəs\ noun

Examples of frantic in a sentence

  1. The girl was frantic with fear.

  2. They made a frantic search for the missing child.

  3. They were making frantic preparations for the party.

  4. a frantic attempt to finish on schedule

Origin and Etymology of frantic

Middle English frenetik, frantik — more at frenetic


First Known Use: 14th century


FRANTIC Defined for English Language Learners

frantic

play
adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic for English Language Learners

  • : feeling or showing a lot of fear and worry

  • : having a lot of wild and hurried activity


FRANTIC Defined for Kids

frantic

play
adjective fran·tic \ˈfran-tik\

Definition of frantic for Students

  1. 1 :  feeling or showing fear and worry <a frantic search>

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

frantically

\-ti-kə-lē\ adverb


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up frantic? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

skillful, artistic, or intricate

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog--hot-dog-cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ