panic

1 [pan-ik]
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; earlier panique < French < Greek Panikós of Pan; see -ic

panicky, adjective
unpanicky, adjective


1. alarm. See terror.
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panic (ˈpænɪk)
 
n
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
 
vb , -ics, -icking, -icked
3.  to feel or cause to feel panic
 
[C17: from French panique, from New Latin pānicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear]
 
'panicky
 
adj

Panic (ˈpænɪk)
 
adj
of or relating to the god Pan

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Word Origin & History

panic
"mass terror," c.1600, as an adj. (with fear, terror, etc.), from Fr. panique (15c.), from Gk. panikon, lit. "pertaining to Pan," in sense of "panic, fright" short for panikon deima, from neut. of Panikos "of 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. As a noun, first recorded 1708. Meaning "widespread apprehension about financial matters" is first recorded 1757. The verb is 1827, from the noun. Panicky is first recorded 1869. Panic button in fig. sense is first recorded 1955, the literal sense apparently is from parachuting.

panic
"type of grass," c.1420, from O.Fr. panic "Italian millet," from L. panicum "kind of millet," from panus "ear of millet, a swelling," of unknown origin.
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panic pan·ic (pān'ĭk)
n.
A sudden overpowering feeling of terror.


pan'ic v.
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Slang Dictionary

panic definition


  1. n.
    a very funny or exciting person or thing. : Paul is a panic. He tells a joke a minute.
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Example sentences
The agitated zebras gallop back and forth in short, panicky dashes, then
  skitter off into the absolute darkness.
He looked panicky and distressed for several days then sleep almost constantly
  for a few more days.
And that may be reason to worry: totalitarian regimes close to demise are apt
  to get panicky and do rash things.
But when they asked her about her decision to run she looked scared and panicky
  and couldn't talk about it.
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