frantically

adverb
fran·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ ˈfran-ti-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce frantically (audio) \

Definition of frantically

: 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

First Known Use of frantically

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frantically was in 1739

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“Frantically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frantically. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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frantically

adverb
fran·​ti·​cal·​ly | \ ˈfran-ti-kə-lē \

Kids Definition of frantically

: in a frantic way A fly frantically tried to escape.

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