American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Highly excited with strong emotion or frustration; frenzied: frantic with worry.
- adj. Characterized by rapid and disordered or nervous activity: made a frantic last-minute search for the lost key.
- adj. Archaic Mad; insane.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Mad; raving; wild; distracted: as, frantic with fear or grief.
- Characterized by violence and mental disorder; springing from madness or distraction.
- Synonyms Distracted, infuriate, frenzied, raging.
- n. A frenzied person; a madman.
- To run about frantically.
- adj. Insane, mentally unstable.
- adj. In a state of panic, worry, frenzy or rush.
- adj. Extremely energetic
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Mad; raving; furious; violent; wild and disorderly; distracted.
- adj. excessively agitated; distraught with fear or other violent emotion
- adj. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin freneticus, Latin phreneticus or phreniticus, from Ancient Greek *φενητικός (phentikos), correctly *φρενιτικός (phrenitikos, “mad, suffering from inflammation of the brain”), from φρενῖτις (phrenitis, "inflammation of the brain"), from φρήν (phrēn, "the brain"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English frantik, from Old French frenetique, from Latin phrenēticus; see frenetic. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“On either side of the steamer, rows of scows received the flying cargo, and on each of these scows a sweating mob of men charged the descending slings and heaved bales and boxes about in frantic search.”
“There would be a fleeting glimpse of the three men flinging water in frantic haste, when she would topple over and fall into the yawning valley, bow down and showing her full inside length to the stern upreared almost directly above the bow.”
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“Back on the dry land she shook like a wet rat and went running in frantic circles.”
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