man·​ic | \ˈma-nik \

Definition of manic 

: affected with, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from mania had a manic personality his manic work pace

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Other Words from manic

manic noun
manically \ -​ni-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor

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Johnson, a manic depressive with borderline personality disorder, spent decades addicted to drugs and alcohol, beginning with marijuana at age 8. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I survived. I made it out’: She used to be addicted to crack cocaine. Now, she wants to help opioid abusers.," 10 May 2018 Another version of this would be the manic pixie dream girl, as coined by film and music critic Nathan Rabin in 2007 to describe quirky, oddball female characters who help a man feel excited about life again. Katie Walsh,, "Commentary: Some stereotyped women's film roles we'd like to do away with," 16 Mar. 2018 Meanwhile, the sidelined, stay-at-home Mr. Parr is the center of a comic subplot that has him overmatched by domestic chores — dealing with his daughter’s teen meltdown, his son’s new math, and baby Jack-Jack’s manic energy. Gary Thompson,, "'Incredibles 2': Worth the 14-year wait," 13 June 2018 About halfway through Wardle’s documentary, the manic energy of the triplet’s first act takes a nosedive. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Three Identical Strangers Revisits a Shadowy Scientific Conspiracy," 29 June 2018 Canine flu has infected the entire population of dogs, causing manic behavior, weight loss and adorable sneezing. Lindsey Bahr, Detroit Free Press, "Review: You won’t want to leave ‘Isle of Dogs’," 5 Apr. 2018 Even when manic, Rebecca usually stayed in touch — particularly with her twin. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "She was tossed from a hospital on a cold night wearing only a gown. The viral video followed years of struggles.," 13 Apr. 2018 The game is priced nicely, features a jovial, marsupial protagonist with a manic personality, and was an essential part of PlayStation history. Harold Goldberg,, "Classic games, lovingly reimagined in 'Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy'," 13 July 2018 In hindsight, her bizarre behaviors were classic manic-depressive symptoms. Lini S. Kadaba,, "Fighting the stigma of mental illness, one brave story at a time," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of manic

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of manic

: having or relating to a mental illness that causes someone to become very excited or emotional

: very excited, energetic, or emotional


man·​ic | \ˈman-ik \

Medical Definition of manic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with, relating to, or resembling mania

Other Words from manic

manically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb



Medical Definition of manic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with mania

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