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 frantic (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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Recent Examples on the Web Broder plays Hank as frantic, confused and morose, while his Einstein is a light-hearted, kooky cut-up, who stops the action several times to do standup bits of dated Borscht Belt comedy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: North Coast Rep’s ‘Einstein Comes Through’ a mystery that leaves questions," 30 Apr. 2021 And as any would-be buyer in Utah at the moment well knows, that’s made everything more frantic. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How tight is Utah’s housing market? Some buyers offer $100K over asking.," 28 Apr. 2021 The footage, which covers the encounter from the moment Officer McKinley walks up to Mr. Gonzalez to the moment paramedics arrive after a frantic attempt by the officers to revive him, shows that Officer McKinley’s initial approach was friendly. New York Times, "An Alameda Police Officer Used His Knee to Pin Down Mario Gonzalez," 28 Apr. 2021 Sharma’s frantic calls for help didn’t get an official response until the next day, when an ambulance finally arrived to take her mother to the hospital. Vikas Dandekar, STAT, "In Covid’s grip, India gasps for air: ‘If there is an apocalypse, this has to be one’," 28 Apr. 2021 For the most part, Osman, who tends to get frantic and rattled, was in control at both ends. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cedi Osman stays ready, capitalizes on opportunity after being benched earlier this month," 26 Apr. 2021 Instead of a frantic dash from battle to battle, this new interpretation allows the audience to dive deeper into the minds of the characters and better understand the stakes behind all the action. Anhar Karim, Forbes, "How ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’ Restored The Story’s Full Emotional Depth," 26 Apr. 2021 After a few frantic minutes of battle by roughly 70 people, a winner was declared: a 4-year-old in a Fortnite costume from Lincoln named Josh Vinson Jr., aka Little Josh, who was awarded a crown, a trophy, and declared The Josh. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The Day People Named Josh Fought in Nebraska," 26 Apr. 2021 Those who decided to stick it out should come out tougher and more determined than ever, making for an intriguing but frantic month of May, with the season culminating in City Section championship games in June. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Awaiting approval to play indoors, LAUSD players move forward on outdoor courts," 25 Apr. 2021

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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, frentik, frantike "temporarily deranged, delirious" — more at frenetic

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The first known use of frantic was in the 14th century

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4 May 2021

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“Frantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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