Definition of frantic in English:

frantic

adjective

  • 1Distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion:

    ‘she was frantic with worry’
    • ‘Knowing that Olivia would be frantic with worry, Beth decided that now was such a time.’
    • ‘I have been speaking to his dad and he and his wife are just frantic with worry, they can't sleep or eat.’
    • ‘I was frantic by then but it took four and half hours to resolve, when I convinced them over the phone what had happened.’
    • ‘She made frantic, wild attempts at my neck and face, trying to turn my head to the side.’
    • ‘Now he is missing and his relatives back home are frantic with worry and helplessness.’
    • ‘I want to feel crazy and frantic and desperate and feel like you're the only thing that can satisfy me.’
    • ‘This time, however, he failed to return and his mother is frantic with worry about his safety.’
    • ‘At the airport G, who is basically ten times more masculine than me, was almost frantic with nerves.’
    • ‘When it was nearly evening and she had not returned home, her mother grew frantic.’
    • ‘Two young children had gone over the edge of the pier in their buggy and their frantic mother had dived in to save them.’
    • ‘There was a frantic tone to the stories, an underlying hysteria I felt as a child but could only name as an adult.’
    • ‘We are all fantastically relieved - especially his mum who has been frantic with worry.’
    • ‘Many customers eagerly signed up because their pets had been made frantic with fear by the noise of fireworks.’
    • ‘He seemed a man true to his faith and culture and frantic with worry about his children's future.’
    • ‘The frantic wife of a doctor who has been missing for four days told how she kissed him goodbye before he left for work and disappeared.’
    • ‘I like to imagine my mother a harried and frantic termagant, slightly crazed and in distinct need of sedation.’
    • ‘I got to the building and the lady in the office got a bit frantic coz she couldn't find our assignments.’
    • ‘Evidence of that frantic plea brings tears to her eyes, but they dry quickly.’
    • ‘Their mother joined the frantic rescue effort but all three were swept away.’
    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
    in a state, in a tizz, in a tizzy, wound up, het up, in a flap, in a cold sweat, tearing one's hair out
    having kittens, in a flat spin, swivel-eyed
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    1. 1.1 Conducted in a hurried, excited, and disorganized way:
      ‘frantic attempts to resuscitate the girl’
      • ‘From that position, he can't help but learn more about the frantic pace and pressure of the game.’
      • ‘I have the necessary space to operate within this frantic environment without anxiety.’
      • ‘Lay out everything you'll need the night before to save frantic searches for baby clothes in the morning.’
      • ‘Life can be a frantic rush from cradle to grave, with little chance to slow down, stop, and take in the beauty of the world around us.’
      • ‘It has to swing and look effortless but is often wild and frantic with loads of kicks, jumps, lifts, hops and spins.’
      • ‘This was a game desperate for a goal, but after a frantic 90 minutes the scoresheet still remained blank.’
      • ‘In the past decade we started a frantic search for clues that might lead to its cure.’
      • ‘The game started at a frantic pace with both sides going in search of a vital opening goal.’
      • ‘I woke up to hear my parents gently bickering with one another, and my mother's frantic hoovering.’
      • ‘The men noticed the boy was missing and after a frantic search they discovered his body in the river.’
      • ‘It has emerged that frantic efforts were made to save him at the scene and later, in the ambulance and medical tent.’
      • ‘She was quickly discovered after a frantic search, bleeding and shocked.’
      • ‘In the latter stages they attempted a frantic counter-attack but the ball play was feeble.’
      • ‘He opened the door to his room again, now in a frantic search for anything he may need.’
      • ‘It started to become apparent that maybe the frantic search for vitamin cures was missing the point.’
      • ‘Some rushed to the lounge in need of more coffee while a few were in frantic search of the editors.’
      • ‘The manager rightly said he felt sorry for the fans after this frantic, frenetic defeat.’
      • ‘After a frantic search she spotted the toddler floating in the lake.’
      • ‘Most games are frantic, intense and have you pumped full of adrenalin.’
      • ‘It was then a frantic race to the finish as the excited onlookers cheered the teams over the line.’

Origin

Late Middle English frentik, ‘insane, violently mad’, from Old French frenetique (see frenetic).

Pronunciation

frantic

/ˈfrantɪk/