frenzy

noun
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

frenzy

verb
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

Navigating her new relationship with running When the media frenzy finally slowed about a month after the race, Sellers faced another pressure: proving her worth as an athlete. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Sarah Sellers Went From Surprise Podium Finisher at the Boston Marathon to Pro Athlete," 8 Apr. 2019 Similarly, Democrats are torn between denouncing the callousness of the GOP’s simultaneous upper-end tax-cut frenzy and assaults on CHIP, or laughing at the whole enterprise as a fig leaf barely covering naked fiscal malfeasance. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "After Blowing Up the Deficit, House Passes Mostly Phony Spending Cuts," 8 June 2018 This ability to stand back from the passing frenzy and survey it at a distance was an intellectual strength and a political liability. George Packer, The New Yorker, "Witnessing the Obama Presidency, from Start to Finish," 5 June 2018 More recently came the occasion Mourinho called his counter-part a 'specialist in failure' which sparked a media frenzy and a feisty rivalry between the two. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Ready To Call Truce With Arsene Wenger After Announcing His Departure," 25 Apr. 2018 The media obligations, fan frenzy and difficult game preparations are nothing new to Jalen Brunson, the junior guard named the AP's Player of the Year on Thursday. Creg Stephenson, AL.com, "Final Four 2018: Loyola-Chicago vs. Michigan live stream, score updates, time, TV channel," 31 Mar. 2018 And the resulting social media frenzy and outpouring of support that followed. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ex-TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin charged with aggravated assault in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 28 Mar. 2018 Moon’s popularity among younger people sinks to all-time low President calls on nation to get behind Pyongyang taking part A glamorous North Korean singer arrived at Seoul’s main train station on Monday to a media frenzy and raucous crowds. Kanga Kong, Bloomberg.com, "Torched Photos of Kim Jong Un Show South Korea's Olympic Divide," 22 Jan. 2018 On Wednesday, Kim shared this photo of a Louis Vuitton monogram on Instagram without a caption, sending fans into a frenzy and guessing game. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Why Fans Think Kim and Kanye Are Naming Their New Baby After Louis Vuitton," 18 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, chicagotribune.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Memo to UCF fans after rout of Memphis: You’re missing a great show," 1 Oct. 2017 Kerensky had defended revolutionaries in court and sometimes moved crowds to frenzy with his speeches. Olga Ingurazova, Smithsonian, "What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?," 29 Sep. 2017 Although the current boom feels frenzied, Pappas has been working on the site since 1999, and the first residents moved in more than a decade ago to those houses in the mid-2000s. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "Caught up in booming places like South End? Don’t forget about Steele Creek and Berewick," 31 July 2017 As frenzied selling accelerated in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, unfathomable amounts of wealth vanished in a matter of hours. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "After ‘Brexit’ Vote, Investors Are Gripped by a Panic Last Seen in 2008," 24 June 2016

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First Known Use of frenzy

Noun

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

Verb

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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frenzied

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Freon

freq

frequence

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frenzy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of frenzy

: great and often wild or uncontrolled activity

frenzy

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

Kids Definition of frenzy

: great and often wild or disorderly activity

frenzy

noun
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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