- Hectic is defined as being overly busy or full of activity.
When you are overbooked for the holiday season and supposed to attend two parties every day, this is an example of a hectic schedule.
- designating or of the fever accompanying wasting diseases, esp. tuberculosis
- of, affected with, or characteristic of a wasting disease, as tuberculosis; consumptive
- red or flushed, as with fever
- characterized by confusion, rush, excitement, etc.
Origin of hecticaltered (after French or L) ; from Middle English etik ; from Old French étique (Fr hectique) ; from Late Latin hecticus ; from Classical Greek hektikos, habitual, hectic ; from hexis, permanent condition or habit of the body ; from echein, to have: for Indo-European base see school
- Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste: “There was nothing feverish or hectic about his vigor” (Erik Erikson).
- Medicine Of, relating to, or being a fever that fluctuates during the day, as in tuberculosis or septicemia.
- Consumptive; feverish.
Origin of hecticMiddle English etik, recurring fever, from Old French etique, from Late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos, habitual, consumptive (as a fever), from hexis, habit, from ekhein, to be in a certain condition; see segh- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more hectic, superlative most hectic)