Definition of frantic in English:

frantic

Line breaks: fran|tic
Pronunciation: /ˈfrantɪk
 
/

adjective

1Distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion: she was frantic with worry
More example sentences
  • Many customers eagerly signed up because their pets had been made frantic with fear by the noise of fireworks.
  • This time, however, he failed to return and his mother is frantic with worry about his safety.
  • I have been speaking to his dad and he and his wife are just frantic with worry, they can't sleep or eat.
Synonyms
panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky, beside oneself, at one's wits' end, berserk, distraught, overwrought, worked up, agitated, distressed; frenzied, wild, frenetic, fraught, fevered, feverish, hysterical, mad, crazed, out of control, uncontrolled, unhinged, out of one's mind, maniacal, demented, desperate
informal in a state, in a tizzy/tizz, wound up, het up, in a flap, in a cold sweat, tearing one's hair out
British informal having kittens, in a flat spin, swivel-eyed
1.1Conducted in a hurried, excited, and disorganized way: frantic attempts to resuscitate the girl
More example sentences
  • In the latter stages they attempted a frantic counter-attack but the ball play was feeble.
  • She was quickly discovered after a frantic search, bleeding and shocked.
  • The men noticed the boy was missing and after a frantic search they discovered his body in the river.

Origin

late Middle English frentik, 'insane, violently mad', from Old French frenetique (see frenetic).

Derivatives

frantically

adverb
More example sentences
  • Others saw police and paramedics working frantically on the man to try to revive him, but he died at the scene.
  • GPs are frantically trying to borrow stocks from other doctors so they can continue to offer the vaccine.
  • Staff frantically tried to bail water out with buckets flowing the downpour yesterday afternoon.

franticness

noun
More example sentences
  • Through the rain hammering on all the men she could hardly see faces, but there was a feeling of franticness and fear.
  • There is, with such activities, a sort of build-in franticness and distraction, even a low-level near-panic.
  • This franticness makes them appear really desperate and sometimes ruins the connection.

Definition of frantic in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day apposite
Pronunciation: ˈapəzɪt
adjective
apt in the circumstances or relation to something