Hectic definition

hĕktĭk
Characterized by intense activity, confusion, or haste.
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(medicine) Of, relating to, or being a fever that fluctuates during the day, as in tuberculosis or septicemia.
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Consumptive; feverish.
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Consumptive; feverish.
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Flushed.
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The city center is so hectic at 8 in the morning that I go to work an hour beforehand to avoid the crowds.

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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.

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Designating or of the recurrent or persistent fever accompanying wasting diseases, esp. tuberculosis.
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(obsolete) A hectic fever.
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(medicine) Of, relating to, or being a fever that fluctuates during the day, as in tuberculosis or septicemia.
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Characterized by confusion, rush, excitement, etc.
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Of, affected with, or characteristic of a wasting disease, as tuberculosis.
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Pertaining to bodily reactions characterised by flushed or dry skin.

Hectic fever; a hectic patient.

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(obsolete) A flush like one produced by such a fever.
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Flushed.
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(archaic) Red or flushed, as with fever.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hectic
Plural:
hectics

Origin of hectic

  • Middle 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 segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary