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frenzy

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noun fren·zy \ˈfren-zē\

Definition of frenzy

plural

frenzies

  1. 1a :  a temporary madness in a rage amounting to a frenzyb :  a violent mental or emotional agitation … almost weeping in a frenzy of anxiety … — Colleen McCullough

  2. 2 :  intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity a shopping frenzy … the mob chanted itself into a frenzy … — C. Carr

Examples of frenzy in a sentence

  1. the buying frenzy just before Christmas

  2. in its frenzy to flee the danger, the crowd became uncontrollable, and a number of people were trampled to death

Origin and Etymology of frenzy

Middle English frenesie, from Medieval French, from Medieval Latin phrenesia, alteration of Latin phrenesis, from phreneticus


First Known Use: 14th century


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frenzy

verb fren·zy

Definition of frenzy

frenzied

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frenzying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to affect with frenzy

Examples of frenzy in a sentence

  1. local football fans who were frenzied by the fact that their team was going to the Super Bowl

Origin and Etymology of frenzy

see 1frenzy


First Known Use: 1791


FRENZY Defined for English Language Learners

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frenzy

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noun fren·zy \ˈfren-zē\

Definition of frenzy for English Language Learners

  • : great and often wild or uncontrolled activity


FRENZY Defined for Kids

frenzy

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noun fren·zy \ˈfren-zē\

Definition of frenzy for Students

plural

frenzies

  1. :  great and often wild or disorderly activity


Medical Dictionary

frenzy

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noun fren·zy \ˈfren-zē\

Medical Definition of frenzy

plural

frenzies

  1. 1a:  a temporary madnessb:  a violent mental or emotional agitation

  2. 2:  intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity

frenzied

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