Definition of frantic in English:

frantic

adjective

  • 1Wild or distraught with fear, anxiety, or other emotion.

    ‘she was frantic with worry’
    • ‘Many customers eagerly signed up because their pets had been made frantic with fear by the noise of fireworks.’
    • ‘We are all fantastically relieved - especially his mum who has been frantic with worry.’
    • ‘At the airport G, who is basically ten times more masculine than me, was almost frantic with nerves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He seemed a man true to his faith and culture and frantic with worry about his children's future.’
    • ‘This time, however, he failed to return and his mother is frantic with worry about his safety.’
    • ‘Their mother joined the frantic rescue effort but all three were swept away.’
    • ‘Two young children had gone over the edge of the pier in their buggy and their frantic mother had dived in to save them.’
    • ‘I have been speaking to his dad and he and his wife are just frantic with worry, they can't sleep or eat.’
    • ‘When it was nearly evening and she had not returned home, her mother grew frantic.’
    • ‘I like to imagine my mother a harried and frantic termagant, slightly crazed and in distinct need of sedation.’
    • ‘I want to feel crazy and frantic and desperate and feel like you're the only thing that can satisfy me.’
    • ‘Now he is missing and his relatives back home are frantic with worry and helplessness.’
    • ‘She made frantic, wild attempts at my neck and face, trying to turn my head to the side.’
    • ‘Knowing that Olivia would be frantic with worry, Beth decided that now was such a time.’
    • ‘Evidence of that frantic plea brings tears to her eyes, but they dry quickly.’
    • ‘I got to the building and the lady in the office got a bit frantic coz she couldn't find our assignments.’
    • ‘There was a frantic tone to the stories, an underlying hysteria I felt as a child but could only name as an adult.’
    • ‘I was frantic by then but it took four and half hours to resolve, when I convinced them over the phone what had happened.’
    panic-stricken, panic-struck, panicky, beside oneself, at one's wits' end, berserk, distraught, overwrought, worked up, agitated, distressed
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    1. 1.1 Conducted in a hurried, excited, and chaotic way, typically because of the need to act quickly.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘It has emerged that frantic efforts were made to save him at the scene and later, in the ambulance and medical tent.’
      • ‘It has to swing and look effortless but is often wild and frantic with loads of kicks, jumps, lifts, hops and spins.’
      • ‘Some rushed to the lounge in need of more coffee while a few were in frantic search of the editors.’
      • ‘I woke up to hear my parents gently bickering with one another, and my mother's frantic hoovering.’
      • ‘This was a game desperate for a goal, but after a frantic 90 minutes the scoresheet still remained blank.’
      • ‘Lay out everything you'll need the night before to save frantic searches for baby clothes in the morning.’
      • ‘The game started at a frantic pace with both sides going in search of a vital opening goal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the past decade we started a frantic search for clues that might lead to its cure.’
      • ‘It was then a frantic race to the finish as the excited onlookers cheered the teams over the line.’
      • ‘The men noticed the boy was missing and after a frantic search they discovered his body in the river.’
      • ‘It started to become apparent that maybe the frantic search for vitamin cures was missing the point.’
      • ‘I have the necessary space to operate within this frantic environment without anxiety.’
      • ‘He opened the door to his room again, now in a frantic search for anything he may need.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

frantic

/ˈfran(t)ik//ˈfræn(t)ɪk/