fran·​tic | \ ˈfran-tik How to pronounce frantic (audio) \

Definition of frantic

1 : 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
3 archaic : mentally deranged

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Other Words from frantic

franticness \ ˈfran-​tik-​nəs How to pronounce franticness (audio) \ noun

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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That’s because the frantic pace of this this year’s NBA offseason had all but been completed by the holiday, with the Warriors having overhauled their roster with eight new players, including seven younger than 26 years old. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors GM Bob Myers foresees ‘a new dawn’ after frenzied roster overhaul," 15 July 2019 The frantic pace of asteroid collisions ought to have settled down by then. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How Apollo moon rocks reveal the epic history of the cosmos," 15 July 2019 Each tiny black and white fur ball was killed after making frantic efforts to dodge oncoming cars. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: You dropped kittens out of a car window on the highway. What kind of person does that?," 29 June 2019 On a day where France had experienced record-breaking temperatures, the heat did not appear to affect the tempo of a match which started at a frantic pace. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US beats France to reach Women's World Cup semifinals," 28 June 2019 Both authors are frantic to keep the veneer of a fertile femininity intact. Darcey Steinke, Time, "No One Told Me Exactly What to Expect From Menopause. But the Messages I Did Get Were Very Wrong," 28 June 2019 The activity backstage must be as frantic as anything out front, as the large ensemble goes through multiple, major costume changes in quick succession., "Summer Lyric presents tap-happy love song to Broadway with ‘42nd Street’," 19 June 2019 Ruidiaz subbed for Bruin in the 79th minute and created a frantic finish with midfielder Handwalla Bwana, who was subbed into the game in the 75th minute for Jordy Delem. Jayda Evans, The Seattle Times, "‘Draws like this feel like a win’: Short-handed Sounders survive third game in eight days with scoreless draw vs. Union," 18 May 2019 The frantic finish could hardly be telegraphed early on as the Rebels and Panthers combined for 20 turnovers versus 18 points in a first half Poly led, 11-7. Andrew J. Campa,, "Flintridge Prep boys’ hoops overcomes Poly, sluggish start," 4 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of frantic

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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 How to pronounce frantic (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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