- 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.
frantic definition by Webster's New World
- wild with anger, pain, worry, etc.; frenzied
- marked by frenzy; resulting from wild emotion
- Archaic insane
Origin: Middle English frantik, frenetik: see phrenetic
frantic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 Mad; insane.
Origin: Middle English frantik, from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus; see frenetic.
- franˈti·cal·ly, franˈtic·ly adverb
- franˈtic·ness noun