Definition of hectic
hecticallyplay \ˈhek-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb hectically busy
Examples of hectic in a sentence
We both had hectic days at work.
She maintains a hectic schedule as a journalist and mother.
Semantic crisis Intervention
Some people are bothered by changes in a word’s meaning (see: literally), while others have a more relaxed attitude towards semantic drift. For those who feel vexed when a word seems to have suddenly changed its spots, it may be of some comfort to know that words in English do this all the time; crisis is a fine example. Originally, crisis denoted “the turning point for better or worse in an acute disease or fever.” Now it most commonly means “a difficult or dangerous situation that needs serious attention,” yet few people insist that it should be used exclusively in its older meaning. The normality of semantic change can be seen in another word that first appeared in febrile contexts: hectic, which now is primarily used to mean “very busy,” originally referred to a fever that was fluctuating but recurrent.
Origin and Etymology of hectic
Middle English etyk, from Anglo-French etique, from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos habitual, consumptive, from echein to have — more at scheme
First Known Use: 14th century
HECTIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hectic for English Language Learners
: very busy and filled with activity
HECTIC Defined for Kids
Definition of hectic for Students
: filled with excitement, activity, or confusion We had a hectic day of shopping.
Medical Definition of hectic
1: of, relating to, or being a fluctuating but persistent fever (as in tuberculosis)
2: having a hectic fever a hectic patient
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