- The definition of frantic is being overcome or wild with emotion or need for action or something done with desperation or in a hurried manner.
- An example of frantic is a mother who has just misplaced her child.
- An example of frantic is a desperate attempt to find your keys when you are already late.
- wild with anger, pain, worry, etc.; frenzied
- marked by frenzy; resulting from wild emotion
- Archaic insane
Origin of franticMiddle English frantik, frenetik: see phrenetic
- Highly excited with strong emotion or frustration; frenzied: frantic with worry.
- Characterized by rapid and disordered or nervous activity: made a frantic last-minute search for the lost key.
- Archaic Mentally deranged.
Origin of franticMiddle English frantik, from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus; see frenetic.
- fran′ti·cal·ly, fran′tic·ly
(comparative more frantic, superlative most frantic)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin freneticus, Latin phreneticus or phreniticus, from Ancient Greek *φρενητικός (phrenetikos), correctly φρενιτικός (phrenitikos, “mad, suffering from inflammation of the brain”), from φρενῖτις (phrenitis, “inflammation of the brain”), from φρήν (phrēn, “the brain”).