man·​ic ˈma-nik How to pronounce manic (audio)
: affected with, relating to, characterized by, or resulting from mania
had a manic personality
his manic work pace
manic noun
manically adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor
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Word History


borrowed from Greek manikós "mad, crazy," from manía "madness, frenzy, mania" + -ikos -ic entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1824, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of manic was circa 1824

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Cite this Entry

“Manic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
man·​ic ˈman-ik How to pronounce manic (audio)
: affected with, relating to, or resembling mania
manically adverb


2 of 2 noun
: an individual affected with mania

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