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.
Recent Examples of hectic from the Web
Players are allowed to practice with coaches up to eight hours a week while school is in session, the month of June to be a hectic one for the Jayhawks, ostensibly set to begin making headlines again, starting Sunday.
Despite how hectic times may seem today, take a moment to thank the lives, stories and movements that allow the LGBTQ community to walk freely, marry joyously and dream the dreams that can now be a reality for everyone.
On the auction floor, business is hectic as buyers swiftly go through rows of tobacco bales, negotiating prices.
But should our hectic schedules and healthy-eating desires stand between us and the sweet taste of pancakes?
At the time, Waithe was consumed by a hectic schedule—
The first week of the new Congress will be a preview of the hectic pace planned by Republicans for the start of Trump’s term.
While the production, like the play itself, is nominally set at the dawn of the 20th century, Mr. Godwin’s clattery, hectic staging suggests an exceptionally unsubtle Chekhov-our-contemporary modern-dress version.
The actual formal first day of the convention was hectic as well.
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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.
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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