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 recurrent or persistent fever accompanying wasting diseases, esp. tuberculosis
- of, affected with, or characteristic of a wasting disease, as tuberculosis
- Archaic 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)
From Old French etique, from Medieval Latin *hecticus, from Ancient Greek έκτικός (ektikos, “habitual, hectic, consumptive”), from έξις (exis, “a state or habit of body or of mind, condition”), from ἔχειν (ekhein, “to have, hold, intransitive be in a certain state”).