Definition of frenetic in English:

frenetic

adjective

  • Fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way.

    ‘a frenetic pace of activity’
    • ‘There is nothing here that is not familiar, though the pace has become more frenetic.’
    • ‘From the opening whistle the pace was frenetic and the fans simply loved it.’
    • ‘As a respite from the frenetic pace of most of the album, the Robinson tracks are welcome.’
    • ‘All over Europe, citizens say that they are fed up with the frenetic pace of modern life and are opting for the slow lane.’
    • ‘He gives the film a peculiar pace, by starting with an intense and frenetic backstory.’
    • ‘For the West Indies, Gayle got a century, not made at his usual frenetic pace.’
    • ‘For just a moment, in the midst of a film of frenetic pace and constant violence, everything halts.’
    • ‘Increasingly, boarding schools are attempting to fit in with the frenetic pace of modern life.’
    • ‘He talks quickly and moves through life fast, but his frenetic ways have hurt him on the field.’
    • ‘The last thing coach Tony Dungy will do is attempt to match the Rams' frenetic pace.’
    • ‘Plus, it was built slowly and carefully, not at the frenetic pace we saw at a large factory.’
    • ‘The pace was frenetic as neither man wanted to let the other get the upper hand.’
    • ‘The industry was in its infancy, personalities abounded and the pace of innovation was frenetic.’
    • ‘The game had started at a frenetic pace as both sides sought to stamp their authority on the match.’
    • ‘It was frenetic, people moving fast in opposite directions shouting out at one another as they set up the reception area.’
    • ‘It features fast, frenetic action and the hero is suitably infallible.’
    • ‘Our most enduring achievements have resulted not from frenetic activity, but rather from quiet meditation.’
    • ‘Everything seems to be conducted at a frenetic pace, from talking to walking to driving.’
    • ‘The game continued to flow at a frenetic pace with Steeton showing great spirit and determination to get back on level terms.’
    • ‘Her writing is hectic and frenetic, but at the same time utterly controlled.’
    frantic, wild, frenzied, hectic, fraught, feverish, fevered, mad, manic, hyperactive, energetic, intense, fast and furious, turbulent, tumultuous, confused, confusing
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘insane’): from Old French frenetique, via Latin from Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis ‘delirium’, from phrēn ‘mind’. Compare with frantic.

Pronunciation

frenetic

/frəˈnɛtɪk/