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

Read this: Kentucky World War II veteran remembers frenzy of D-Day Butler was serving in Jacksonville, South Carolina, when he was injured. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "For hundreds of veterans, annual wheelchair games bring brotherhood and healing," 12 July 2019 Anything less than a bigger day may be viewed as a failure—and perhaps an endorsement of its competitors' tactic of holding their own sales during Prime Day to cash in on the shopping frenzy. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Amazon Prime Subscription Growth Slows Ahead of Prime Day 2019," 11 July 2019 Mergers and acquisitions have come in waves ever since the first frenzy of consolidation in the late 19th century. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 Two years earlier, a similar YouTube video posted by an anonymous employee in Death Valley National Park sparked a frenzy of visitors braving the 120-degree heat to crack eggs straight onto the rocks, without much luck. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 The two bands' interaction at the BBMAs sparked a Twitter frenzy of fans asking for a collab between the two groups. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That BTS and The Jonas Brothers are Working on a Collab Together," 2 May 2019 One author went on an online shopping frenzy to dress her character for a wedding; another even brought in an outside stylist to ensure the clothes were up to date. Hannah Orenstein, Vox, "How do you choose an outfit for a fictional character? 5 authors explain.," 12 Sep. 2018 In the months before, online betting sites saw a frenzy of activity over Markle's dress designer, with Erdem, Roland Mouret, Inbal Dror, Jenny Packham, and Alexander McQueen proving to be the favorites. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "See Every Gorgeous Photo of Meghan Markle in Her Wedding Dress," 20 Aug. 2018 So why, exactly, would anyone want to get in on the Bitcoin frenzy at a local gas station? Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Bitcoin ATMs showing up in odd spots across metro Detroit," 28 June 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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frenum

frenzical

frenzied

frenzy

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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