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panic1

[pan-ik] /ˈpæn ɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden overwhelming fear, with or without cause, that produces hysterical or irrational behavior, and that often spreads quickly through a group of persons or animals.
2.
an instance, outbreak, or period of such fear.
3.
Finance. a sudden widespread fear concerning financial affairs leading to credit contraction and widespread sale of securities at depressed prices in an effort to acquire cash.
4.
Slang. someone or something that is considered hilariously funny:
The comedian was an absolute panic.
adjective
5.
of the nature of, caused by, or indicating panic:
A wave of panic buying shook the stock market.
6.
(of fear, terror, etc.) suddenly destroying the self-control and impelling to some frantic action.
7.
(initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the god Pan.
verb (used with object), panicked, panicking.
8.
to affect with panic; terrify and cause to flee or lose self-control.
9.
Slang. to keep (an audience or the like) highly amused.
verb (used without object), panicked, panicking.
10.
to be stricken with panic; become frantic with fear:
The herd panicked and stampeded.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; earlier panique < French < Greek Panikós of Pan; see -ic
Related forms
panicky, adjective
unpanicky, adjective
Synonyms
1. alarm. See terror.
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  • Reacting to market panic with panicky rate cuts is likely to make things worse rather than better.
  • To ensure that the people did not become panicky, an announcement was made by an official that it was only a mild tremor.
  • About this time the other local cleaners got panicky and began to cut prices in order to increase their business.
  • Certainly all this could not be done in less than five minutes by a panicky crew.
  • They argue that this makes the animals panicky and more likely to take risks to escape pursuit.
British Dictionary definitions for panicky

panic

/ˈpænɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp one affecting a whole group of people
2.
(modifier) of or resulting from such terror: panic measures
verb -ics, -icking, -icked
3.
to feel or cause to feel panic
Derived Forms
panicky, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear

Panic

/ˈpænɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the god Pan
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Word Origin and History for panicky
adj.

1869, from panic (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Panickiness.

panic

n.

"mass terror," 1708, from earlier adjective (c.1600, modifying fear, terror, etc.), from French panique (15c.), from Greek panikon, literally "pertaining to Pan," the god of woods and fields, who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.

In the sense of "panic, fright" the Greek word is short for panikon deima "panic fright," from neuter of Panikos "of Pan." Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. Panic button in figurative sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting. Panic attack attested by 1970.

type of grass, early 15c., from Old French panic "Italian millet," from Latin panicum "panic grass, kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling" (cf. panocha).

v.

1827, "to afflict with panic," from panic (n.). Intransitive sense of "to lose one's head, get into a panic" is from 1902. Related: Panicked; panicking.

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panicky in Medicine

panic pan·ic (pān'ĭk)
n.
A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.


pan'ic v.
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Slang definitions & phrases for panicky

panic

noun

A very funny person; an effective comedian; a STITCH (1924+)

verb
  1. To become frightened and confused, esp suddenly; flip: He panicked and dropped the ball (1910+)
  2. To get a strong favorable reaction, esp to get loud laughter from an audience; fracture: Mr Todd knows how to panic the rubes (1920+)

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Idioms and Phrases with panicky
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