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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Recent Examples on the Web Her story has been a common one in recent days as frantic vacationers have scrambled to cancel their spring break trips to the coastal beaches of Alabama as the coronavirus pandemic has unfolded and now the state has ordered beaches to close. al, "Alabama beach house and condo rental cancellations ‘a nightmare’," 20 Mar. 2020 The frantic negotiations are taking place as the economic problems in the United States are multiplying. Author: Erica Werner, Jeff Stein, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Senate dives into negotiations on trillion-dollar stimulus bill as economic calamity grows," 20 Mar. 2020 There was a frantic trip down the road to get the necessary protective masks from another provider who was able to spare a few. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "How My Mom Followed Her Instincts to Find Her First Coronavirus Patient," 19 Mar. 2020 Its narrative restraint gave it personality, and its mechanical restraint—focusing the combat on a handful of key elements—made the fast, frantic action work. Julie Muncy, Wired, "Doom Eternal Is a Dizzying Catastrophe," 17 Mar. 2020 And what of high school basketball, with that ever-present dream of hitting the big shot to win the state title in front of frantic fans? Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bracketology gave way to immunology: How sports leagues moved swiftly to protect public health in coronavirus crisis," 12 Mar. 2020 Lose, however, the Mavericks did, 109-107 at the United Center, despite a frantic late rally and the return of Luka Doncic, who finished with 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Dallas News, "‘I’m supposed to make that’: Luka Doncic’s half-court shot falls short, Mavs can’t complete rally vs. Bulls," 3 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, inside a frantic Borsa Italiana, share prices were collapsing. The Economist, "The world gets ready Covid-19 is now in 50 countries, and things will get worse," 29 Feb. 2020 Officials with the Cayce Department of Public Safety on Friday released the frantic mother's five-minute call to police an hour after her daughter went missing from their front yard. Christina Carrega, ABC News, "‘Critical’ evidence found in trash in case of missing girl Faye Swetlik," 14 Feb. 2020

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

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28 Mar 2020

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“Frantic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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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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