Definition of frenzy in English:



  • usually in singular A state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behaviour.

    ‘Doreen worked herself into a frenzy of rage’
    • ‘Local media outlets have been in a frenzy interviewing people who attended the party.’
    • ‘And despite the retail frenzy, a lot of people said they wished they had not bothered.’
    • ‘Often it's a simple chant or catch cry that will whip a crowd into a united frenzy.’
    • ‘They are exploring other avenues to whip up a mass frenzy against the new incumbents.’
    • ‘A huge frenzy would be whipped up in every American city that its auditions were held in.’
    • ‘He flew into a frenzy and headed up the ladder to the attic with a rope.’
    • ‘One can only pity the poor soul who subjects herself to the media frenzy.’
    • ‘This had caused a frenzy of speculation after it was placed anonymously in the Sunday Times last month.’
    • ‘In her prime, she used to run up and down the aisles of her Chicago church whipping the congregation into a frenzy.’
    • ‘And in a wild frenzy, Jones also tried to bite other people as police struggled to arrest him.’
    • ‘They are joining the frenzy in Shanghai, but have to face a very competitive job market.’
    • ‘Then suddenly there was a frenzy of excitement in one corner of the square.’
    • ‘The audience were whipped up into a frenzy of emotion that sent everyone home on a high.’
    • ‘Dozens of people come and go in a frenzy of excitement fuelled by coffee and politics.’
    • ‘England have to be wary of getting themselves in an uncontrollable frenzy.’
    • ‘He would weave through matches, languorously elegant amid the midfield frenzy.’
    • ‘The sea always reminds me of a slumbering monster, waiting for a storm to whip it into a wild frenzy.’
    • ‘The surviving forest was once again left to stand silent and shocked in the wake of the frenzy.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the sound was back in a minute and the audience got back into the frenzy.’
    • ‘The pictures taken in the first few days after the disaster were done in a frenzy of haste and chaos.’
    hysteria, madness, mania, insanity, derangement, dementedness, delirium, feverishness, fever, wildness, distraction, agitation, turmoil, tumult
    fit, seizure, paroxysm, spasm, bout, outburst
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Middle English: from Old French frenesie, from medieval Latin phrenesia, from Latin phrenesis, from Greek phrēn ‘mind’.