frantic

[fran-tik]
adjective
1.
desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
2.
Archaic. insane; mad.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic

frantically, franticly, adverb
franticness, noun

fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic).


1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught.
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frantic (ˈfræntɪk)
 
adj
1.  distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
2.  marked by or showing frenzy: frantic efforts
3.  archaic insane
 
[C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic]
 
'frantically
 
adv
 
'franticly
 
adv
 
'franticness
 
n

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frantic
mid-14c., "insane," unexplained variant of M.E. frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning "affected by wild excitement" is from late 15c. Of the adv. forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).
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Slang Dictionary

frantic definition


  1. mod.
    great; wild. : We had a frantic time at Chez Freddy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Sometimes it's frantic and up-tempo and other times it's jumpy and swinging and
  other times it's slow and somber.
All in all, a thoroughly delectable event filled with frantic foragers, and no
  cafeteria cold cuts in sight.
One feels a frantic struggle for control underlying much of the diary.
The visiting friend then had to perform the role of the frantic claims reporter
  and was given a cut of the insurance money.
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