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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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British Dictionary definitions for franticness

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 franticness

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 franticness

frantic

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

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