fren·​zy | \ ˈfren-zē How to pronounce frenzy (audio) \
plural frenzies

Definition of frenzy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a temporary madness in a rage amounting to a frenzy
b : a violent mental or emotional agitation … almost weeping in a frenzy of anxiety …— Colleen McCullough
2 : intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity a shopping frenzy … the mob chanted itself into a frenzy— C. Carr


frenzied; frenzying

Definition of frenzy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to affect with frenzy

Examples of frenzy in a Sentence

Noun the buying frenzy just before Christmas in its frenzy to flee the danger, the crowd became uncontrollable, and a number of people were trampled to death Verb local football fans who were frenzied by the fact that their team was going to the Super Bowl
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The outing on Deer Lake near St. Croix Falls had blessed us with not only beautiful weather and fine camaraderie in the great outdoors but with a fish catching frenzy. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 31 July 2022 Las Vegas SuperBook Vice President Jay Kornegay similarly bemoaned the difficulty of trying to keep up with the frenzy of developments. Lance Pugmire, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2022 For those homeowners lucky enough to have tapped into the housing market in the past two years, it's been a big wealth creator, as would-be homeowners contended with a frenzy of multiple offers and limited supply. Anne Sraders, Fortune, 14 Apr. 2022 Nope occurs on the set of a ’90s sitcom, when a performing chimpanzee flies into a frenzy and attacks his castmates. David Sims, The Atlantic, 20 July 2022 Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck—aka Bennifer—sent the internet into a frenzy over the weekend after news broke that they’d got married in Las Vegas. Alice Cary, Vogue, 18 July 2022 So rather than have Wilkins qualify the car and force Wickens to close a race this weekend with his world already thrown into a frenzy, the team opted to take the qualifying penalty and hope for the best. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 3 July 2022 Soon after, Groban surprised the audience and whipped into a frenzy on a drumset brought out mid-song by stagehands, creating quite a roar from the Cuyahoga Falls crowd. Hayden Grove, cleveland, 30 June 2022 Clark Connors was featured a surprising amount, namely spearing Miro through a table, which sent this crowd into a frenzy. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 27 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Together, the percussion and brass became springboards for a buildup to frenzy. Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2022 Because that conflict remains unresolved in the story, Jones often declines to resolve it in movement; numbers build from tension to frenzy without the overfamiliar Broadway-style climax. New York Times, 15 Feb. 2022 The horses gallop and rear with such realism and frenzy the viewer feels compelled to jump out of the way. Claudine Doury, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Oct. 2020 Legesse's days have been frenzied ever since her restaurant in Brooklyn's Fort Greene neighborhood, Bati Ethiopian Kitchen, was forced to close its dining room and lay off most of its staff. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 25 Apr. 2020 Wing prices and production run in predictable cycles each year ramping up for the NFL playoffs and championship game in the beginning of February, then again for college basketball’s frenzied tournament a month and a half later. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2020 Inside Florida’s frenzied, failed dash to dole out $600 million in no-bid mask deals. Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2020 Bychkov even surpassed the strict-constructionist Muti in his faithfulness to the score’s wide dynamic range, in his elastic shaping of pages in which frenzied dramatic statements give way to lush melodies and tender pastoral moods. John Von Rhein,, 4 May 2018 Orlando City’s famously frenzied fans want their team to match their intensity. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, 3 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of frenzy


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1791, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frenzy


Middle English frenesie, franesie, frensy, fransy "insanity, delirium, fit of madness," borrowed from Anglo-French frenesie, frensye, borrowed from Medieval Latin phrenēsia, re-formation of Late Latin phrenēsis "inflammation of the brain, madness," derivative (by analogy with other Greek nouns in -ēsis with corresponding adjectives in -ētikos) of Latin phrenēticus "suffering from madness" — more at frenetic


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fren·​zy | \ ˈfren-zē How to pronounce frenzy (audio) \
plural frenzies

Kids Definition of frenzy

: great and often wild or disorderly activity


fren·​zy | \ ˈfren-zē How to pronounce frenzy (audio) \
plural frenzies

Medical Definition of frenzy

1a : a temporary madness
b : a violent mental or emotional agitation
2 : intense usually wild and often disorderly compulsive or agitated activity

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frenzied \ -​zēd How to pronounce frenzy (audio) \ adjective

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