man·​ic | \ ˈma-nik How to pronounce manic (audio) \

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 \ ˈma-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce manically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of manic in a Sentence

a manic sense of humor

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The sight of him is a reminder of when things didn’t feel so manic and unsafe. Naomi Hofferber, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tituss Burgess Takes Aim at Trump With New Song: "He's Dumb as Bricks"," 31 July 2019 In the last few months, his online activity became more erratic and manic, according to Breslau. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Etika was a larger-than-life YouTube star. Researchers are unsure how that affected his mental health.," 26 June 2019 Clad in a Misfits T-shirt, Maryssa Wanlass exudes a persistent sadness as Jaques, the exiled duke’s melancholy companion, leaking through bursts of near-manic enthusiasm. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Charming SF Shakes’ ‘As You Like It’ has a secret musical weapon," 10 July 2019 This same circuitry, of course, renders elephants susceptible to the various psychic pathologies that afflict imprisoned humans: extreme boredom and depression, stereotypical behaviors like manic pacing and rocking and heightened aggression. New York Times, "Zoos Called It a ‘Rescue.’ But Are the Elephants Really Better Off?," 9 July 2019 New Years, at least for the young and single, is governed by the manic desire to find someone to kiss at midnight. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "You’re Free on Independence Day," 4 July 2019 In his large illustration, engraver Johann Alexander Boener tried to capture the manic scene: bombs bursting in air, fire wheels spinning, infernal imps dancing around the mouth of the underworld. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Remembering when emperors planned their own extravagant fireworks displays," 3 July 2019 Surrounded by a seven-foot metal fence with a mesh too tight even for a rat to wriggle through, the sanctuary is home to such odd birds as the hefty, flightless takahe and the manic hihi. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 Jordan’s humongously over-the-top email following up a first date, and his manic anxiety about whether to actually send it, is hilarious. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Diversionary’s ‘Significant Other’ lends fresh zip to familiar romantic-comedy tropes," 3 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce manic (audio) \

Medical Definition of manic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: affected with, relating to, or resembling mania

Other Words from manic

manically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce manically (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of manic (Entry 2 of 2)

: an individual affected with mania

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