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frantic

[fran-tik] /ˈfræn tɪk/
adjective
1.
desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
2.
Archaic. insane; mad.
Origin
1325-1375
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)
Synonyms
1. overwrought, agitated, frenzied, distraught.
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  • Carla was franticly pulling on my seatbelt, but she was pulling the wrong way.
  • Suddenly the loon started swimming back and forth under the canoe at a high rate of speed, almost franticly.
  • Instead, she found herself living a nightmare by midday, franticly wondering if she still had a husband.
British Dictionary definitions for franticly

frantic

/ˈfræntɪk/
adjective
1.
distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
2.
marked by or showing frenzy: frantic efforts
3.
(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 franticly

frantic

adj.

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).

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Slang definitions & phrases for franticly

frantic

adjective
  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.
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