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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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 The positive result set off a frenzied day of canceling appointments, wiping down just about everything in the primary care facility with bleach, testing her staff for the virus and asking patients who might have been affected to return for testing. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "How My Mom Followed Her Instincts to Find Her First Coronavirus Patient," 19 Mar. 2020 The mood was far different in the USC locker room, where water bottles were emptied in a frenzied celebration. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC stuns UCLA on final shot to end the Bruins’ seven-game winning streak," 7 Mar. 2020 Foot traffic continues to drop at suburban malls in the US and on UK high streets, while even historically frenzied shopping days such as Black Friday have quieted down as more consumers do their buying online. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Airports are one place e-commerce can’t touch," 18 Feb. 2020 In his frenzied last days in office, Bevin signed a flurry of pardons and commutations to more than 650 inmates. Mike Trautmann, The Courier-Journal, "From El Mencho to Bevin's pardons: 10 Courier Journal investigations that defined 2019," 31 Dec. 2019 However, Black Friday is expected to continue to be the most frenzied day at physical stores. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Black Friday shoppers flock to stores early for doorbusters, deals," 29 Nov. 2019 As student senators cast their votes for the resolution, the room exploded with frenzied celebration. Allyson Chiu, Washington Post, "After a racist image circulates at George Washington, students demand change," 6 Feb. 2018 Best-selling author David DiSalvo, who wrote the aforementioned Forbes article, spent a day in late March watching a broker deal with domestic and international buyers in what is clearly a frenzied seller’s market. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "Coronavirus isn’t the only deadly virus confronting our planet: Phillip Morris," 5 Apr. 2020 Difficulties moving grain within countries and across borders, coupled with frenzied buying, could exacerbate the impact of the pandemic on the global food market. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Wheat and Rice Prices Surge in Coronavirus Lockdown," 30 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of frenzied

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frenzied was in 1651

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1 Jun 2020

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“Frenzied.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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