Frantic with worry.
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.
Made a frantic last-minute search for the lost key.
Origin of frantic
- Middle English frantik from Old French frenetique from Latin phrenēticus frenetic
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).