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[fran-tik] /ˈfræn tɪk/
desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
Archaic. insane; mad.
Origin of frantic
1325-75; Middle English frantik, frenetik < Old French frenetique < Latin phrenēticus delirious < Greek phrenētikós. See frenzy, -tic
Related forms
frantically, franticly, adverb
franticness, noun
Can be confused
fanatic, frantic, frenetic (see synonym study at fanatic)
1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • The twelve gentlemen became at first bewildered, then dismayed, and finally frantic.
  • Sure, it can keep up the frantic pace for a little while, but eventually it's going to break down in a fail of epic proportions.
  • If you're frantic and uptight, they can make things easier.
  • But as the frantic pace of the campaign advanced and the security bubble around him became more robust, his attendance slipped.
  • In a frantic effort to preserve jobs, officials are trying to stimulate the domestic economy to make up for lost export growth.
  • And that frantic buying and selling was a boon for manufacturing.
British Dictionary definitions for frantic


distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
marked by or showing frenzy: frantic efforts
(archaic) insane
Derived Forms
frantically, franticly, adverb
franticness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus mad, frenetic
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Word Origin and History for frantic

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for frantic


  1. Excellent; wonderful; cool
  2. Conventional; bourgeois; uncool: The man who cares is now derided for being ''frantic'' (1940+ Jazz musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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