fren·​zied ˈfren-zēd How to pronounce frenzied (audio)
: feeling or showing great or abnormal excitement or emotional disturbance
frenzied dancing
frenziedly adverb

Examples of frenzied in a Sentence

The screams of the fans grew more frenzied as the concert progressed. the frenzied scene at the mall in the final week before Christmas
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Word History

First Known Use

1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frenzied was in 1647

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“Frenzied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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: very excited or upset
frenziedly adverb

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