fran·​ti·​cal·​ly ˈfran-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce frantically (audio)
: in a frantic manner : in a nervously hurried, desperate, or panic-stricken way
[Carlton] Fisk stood several feet down the line, frantically urging the ball fair with his hands. It hit the yellow foul pole above the wall, a home run.Ron Fimrite
Wine companies, fearing that younger drinkers are slipping out of their grasp, have been frantically trying to create products that will be viewed as edgy, hip and fun.Mitch Frank
During the new moon, a hatch of baby sea turtles erupts from the sand, struggling frantically to get to the ocean.Bernice Notenboom

Examples of frantically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The humane society had left those details out of a previous post, and several neighbors reported seeing the coyote mom pacing the neighborhood and frantically searching for her pups. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 29 Mar. 2024 Bhanu frantically searched for an immunity idol, not knowing Tiff already found it. Anthony Robledo, USA TODAY, 21 Mar. 2024 Equally distressing are some of the conversations that follow, wherein Carmichael frantically parries his partner’s efforts to connect with distractions and jokes. Lili Loofbourow, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 The woman can be heard crying for help as others frantically try to assist. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 Google was frantically rearranging its workforce to adopt the techniques. Steven Levy, WIRED, 20 Mar. 2024 In one video, people could be seen frantically going through the rubble to dig out the seeming lifeless body of one young victim. Kareem Khadder, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 Change-of-venue episodes are typically uninspired, but this ''City'' is frantically busy — skewering foreign-food vendors (five words: Khlau Kalash on a Stick), crazy subway dudes, and gawking tourists., 18 Mar. 2024 After a chilly opening night reception in Moscow — the tour took place shortly after the Soviets shot down an American spy plane — Mr. Janis’s performances of the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3 and Gershwin’s Concerto in F drew frantically cheering and sometimes tearful audiences. Allan Kozinn, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1739, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of frantically was in 1739

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“Frantically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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