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 The rows of scouts in attendance likely weren’t fans of a potential million-dollar arm being tossed around in an excited frenzy. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, 12 June 2021 The coronavirus pandemic has made purchasing a home more challenging for Marylanders as a limited inventory of homes for sale fuels a dizzying buying frenzy. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 11 June 2021 The frenzy-prone game-seller's revenue fell to $5.09 billion in its most recent fiscal year, officially knocking the company off this year’s Fortune 500 list. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 11 June 2021 The second-seeded Suns led by as many as 20 in the fourth as Torrey Craig's two-handed lob finish against his former team off a Cameron Payne pass put the Suns up, 102-84, with 8:36 left in the game sent the crowd into a roaring frenzy. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 Leave it all to iCarly to start a frenzy over a new one-minute video. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 9 June 2021 The self-fueling dynamic drove prices even higher in a trading frenzy that reignited in early June. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 7 June 2021 At the start of the year, infectious disease experts across California were, in their own words, stumbling around in a blind frenzy. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 During a match against Osaka in the 2018 U.S. Open, Serena and umpire Carlos Ramos got into a fight, causing a media frenzy that Serena described as sexist. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 1 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, chicagotribune.com, 4 May 2018 Orlando City’s famously frenzied fans want their team to match their intensity. Mike Bianchi, Pro Soccer USA, 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, 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, 10 Dec. 2017

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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

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

Verb

derivative of frenzy entry 1

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Frenzy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frenzy. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for frenzy

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 frenzy (audio) \ adjective

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