fren·​zied | \ ˈfren-zēd How to pronounce frenzied (audio) \

Definition of frenzied

: feeling or showing great or abnormal excitement or emotional disturbance frenzied dancing

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Other Words from frenzied

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
Recent Examples on the Web This is not a frenzied struggle between two adults. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Was a Florida man's violent confrontation with his wife prompted by his daughter's high-end wedding?," 20 Feb. 2021 How could this same planet also house a warm emerald island in the Caribbean Sea that was in the lead-up to the most frenzied party in the world? Victoria Brown, Harper's BAZAAR, "I've Played Mas Across the Caribbean Diaspora. This Year Is Different.," 19 Feb. 2021 Auction Napa Valley, which began as a modest charity wine auction in 1981 and grew into a frenzied display of the valley’s wealth and status, is contemplating its future. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Farewell to Napa's annual wine auction, the raucous charity bacchanal that's ended after 40 years," 18 Feb. 2021 The frenzied trading in those stocks has drawn increasingly loud calls on Capitol Hill and elsewhere for regulators to step in. Alan Fram, Star Tribune, "Capitol Police bolstering travel security for lawmakers," 29 Jan. 2021 The Nasdaq exchange had a monster year in 2020 because of the market’s extreme volatility and frenzied trading activity. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Nasdaq at 50: The company behind the tech-heavy stock index reinvents itself as a financial-tech heavyweight," 8 Feb. 2021 Even before the pier closure, recreational crabbing had taken on something of a frenzied air, with this season’s late start to commercial crabbing and impacts of the pandemic. Momo Chang, San Francisco Chronicle, "As Pacifica Pier remains closed, Bay Area crabbers lose more than just a feast - a multigenerational community," 4 Feb. 2021 Even glimmers of progress due to COVID-19 vaccine are likely to fuel the frenzied search by senior citizens in Minnesota who are now eligible to be vaccinated. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Signs of vaccinations paying off emerge in Minnesota," 2 Feb. 2021 Usually, such frenzied activity would lead big money managers to pull back from stocks. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Markets Look Like They’re in a Bubble. What Do Investors Do Now?," 31 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of frenzied

1651, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenzied

frenzy entry 1 + -ed entry 1

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The first known use of frenzied was in 1651

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26 Feb 2021

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“Frenzied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of frenzied

: very excited or upset


fren·​zied | \ ˈfren-zēd \

Kids Definition of frenzied

: very excited and upset One day he heard frenzied horn-honking and screaming.— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

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