Frantic meaning

frăn'tĭk
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.

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Highly excited with strong emotion or frustration; frenzied.

Frantic with worry.

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Marked by frenzy; resulting from wild emotion.
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Insane.
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(now rare) Insane, mentally unstable.
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Mentally deranged.
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In a state of panic, worry, frenzy or rush.

They returned the missing child to his frantic mother.

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Extremely energetic.

Frantic music.

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Characterized by rapid and disordered or nervous activity.

Made a frantic last-minute search for the lost key.

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Wild with anger, pain, worry, etc.; frenzied.
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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”).
    From Wiktionary