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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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 Growing up, Free People's ethereal-bohemian-wanderlust-manic-pixie-girl vibe really struck a cord with me. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "I Never Wear Leggings Out of the Gym—but I'd Make An Exception For These," 18 May 2019 Last year saw some of the biggest names in video games reinvented and rejuvenated, from the lush open world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild to the heart-pounding Resident Evil 7 to the manic wackiness of Super Mario Odyssey. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The 15 best video games of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 According to Harvard Medical School, antidepressant withdrawal symptoms include mood swings and feeling agitated, anxious, or manic. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Missed During 'This Is Us' Last Night," 3 Oct. 2018 Rafter was previously diagnosed as bipolar and manic depressive and did not strictly adhere to his medicinal regimen, and started threatening suicide to his ex-wife and his son in the weeks leading up to the crash. Cory Shaffer,, "Brooklyn man guilty of aggravated murder in suicide attempt that killed other driver," 10 Jan. 2018 The crowd sat through a tense, scoreless first period before being thrown into a manic second one. Emma Baccellieri,, "Capitals Fans Celebrate Stanley Cup Win in the Streets of D.C. After Game 5 Watch Party," 8 June 2018 And an old girlfriend manic in the street, tearing the clothes from her body, incoherent about some private grief. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018 In the days leading up to her disappearance, Richardson was quite obviously suffering through a manic episode. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Lie and Deny: Secrecy and Suspicion Surround the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department," 21 Apr. 2016

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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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