frenzy

noun
fren·​zy | \ˈfren-zē \
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

Instead of stadium frenzy, the call was backed by soothing music. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "The Last Outpost of Pure Soccer Mayhem," 23 Nov. 2018 If kitchen drawers are over-stuffed and liable to jam in the middle of the cooking frenzy, now's the time to take out some of the clutter. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "15 Things to Do Around the House Before the Holidays," 16 Nov. 2018 The popular local sport fish has set up residence around the landmark islands, creating a different kind of feeding frenzy as commercial and private boats jockey for daily position. Bryce Miller, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Biggest schools of yellowtail I've ever seen' invade Coronado Islands," 22 June 2018 As reward, the new president appointed Orion secretary of the Nevada Territory, then in the throes of a mining frenzy centered on the Comstock Lode beneath booming Virginia City, the largest town in the territory. Gregory Crouch, Time, "Mark Twain Claimed He Got His Pen Name From a Riverboat Captain. He May Have Actually Gotten It in a Saloon," 19 June 2018 Ryan Bundy stands off to the side of the media frenzy, with just a couple of reporters around him. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Bundyville Chapter Two: By a Thread," 16 May 2018 As someone who went to her own fair share of *NSYNC concerts back in the day, there was nothing quite like being in the center of this fan frenzy. refinery29.com, "Why *NSYNC Waited Until Now To Thank Their Gay Fans," 30 Apr. 2018 But the epicenter of the high-rise frenzy might be Asia and the Middle East. Adrienne Bernhard, Smithsonian, "Elevators Are Going Green," 27 Apr. 2018 The vibrant, bold hues of 2017's unicorn hair frenzy are being swapped out for more subtle, softer pastel looks. Kelsi Zimmerman, Allure, "13 Stunning Opal Hair-Color Ideas That Are Trending for 2018," 28 Mar. 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

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

Verb

see frenzy entry 1

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Dictionary Entries near frenzy

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 \
plural frenzies

Kids Definition of frenzy

: great and often wild or disorderly activity

frenzy

noun
fren·​zy | \ˈfren-zē \
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 \ adjective

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