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

Definition of frenzy

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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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sam Ward stood on 5th Street NW and watched the Lakota blast the nearby trees into a frenzy. Washington Post, "A low-flying ‘show of force’," 23 June 2020 Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Conservatives Might Want to Reconsider Their Love for Winston Churchill," 22 June 2020 Election Day is upon us and the Hobart and Standish campaigns are in a Get Out the Vote frenzy., "The Politician season 2 binge recap," 19 June 2020 The second of two budget hearings exploded in a frenzy of anger Thursday night when a person spoke on behalf of police, prompting City Council budget committee chairman Councilman David Mann to shut down the meeting. Sharon Coolidge,, "Cincinnati budget hearing: Anger after police defender speaks prompts brief stop," 18 June 2020 The volume of new offerings, and the depth of the discounts the bankers provided, shrank substantially after the frenzy ended. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Why famed VC Bill Gurley thinks IPOs are such a rip-off," 16 June 2020 The last time Americans showed any serious appetite for stock-market speculation was the tech-stock frenzy of the late 1990s. Matt Phillips,, "Trading sportsbooks for brokerages, bored bettors wager on stocks," 15 June 2020 When coronavirus lockdowns sent Americans into a frenzy of panic buying, the bad news came almost as quickly as the good for online organic grocer Thrive Market. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, "Can Rivals Take Advantage of Amazon’s Pandemic Woes? It Isn’t Easy," 10 June 2020 At Montauk, $5 buys you a day pass, and for every pass sold, 2.25 trout are stocked that night for the next day’s frenzy. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Ozark Mountain Fishing Adventure," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "He's an ER doctor. She owns a restaurant. They're expecting a baby and living apart to protect him.," 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, "An unlikely side effect of coronavirus: A national surplus of chicken wings," 8 Apr. 2020 Inside Florida’s frenzied, failed dash to dole out $600 million in no-bid mask deals. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hospitals say the feds seized their supplies," 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,, "Semyon Bychkov electrifies Orchestra Hall with blazing CSO account of Tchaikovsky's 'Manfred'," 4 May 2018 Orlando City’s famously frenzied fans want their team to match their intensity. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, "Gritty 10-man Orlando City makes statement with D.C. United draw," 3 Mar. 2018 But the beyond-his-years poise Ball has shown, amid such a loud and difficult indoctrination to the pros, is praiseworthy no matter what the numbers say, given the depths of he frenzy swirling around him. Marc Stein, New York Times, "Fix Lonzo Ball’s Shot? Look to This Player for a Blueprint," 11 Dec. 2017 Speculation that the House might pass the Senate bill as-is faded last week, in part because the Senate’s frenzied, last-minute writing of the bill led to some glaring mistakes that will need to be mended. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Susan Collins Says She’s Not a Definitive ‘Yes’ On Taxes," 10 Dec. 2017 After all of the drama and miscommunication before Hurricane Irma and all of the complicated rescheduling after the storm, Frost had the Knights frenzied and frothing at the mouth. Mike Bianchi,, "Memo to UCF fans after rout of Memphis: You’re missing a great show," 1 Oct. 2017

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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

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of frenzy was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frenzy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of frenzy

: great and often wild or uncontrolled activity


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

Other Words from frenzy

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

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