Definition of frantic in English:

frantic

adjective

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

    ‘she was frantic with worry’
    • ‘We are all fantastically relieved - especially his mum who has been frantic with worry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Knowing that Olivia would be frantic with worry, Beth decided that now was such a time.’
    • ‘Their mother joined the frantic rescue effort but all three were swept away.’
    • ‘This time, however, he failed to return and his mother is frantic with worry about his safety.’
    • ‘He seemed a man true to his faith and culture and frantic with worry about his children's future.’
    • ‘Many customers eagerly signed up because their pets had been made frantic with fear by the noise of fireworks.’
    • ‘I was frantic by then but it took four and half hours to resolve, when I convinced them over the phone what had happened.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I got to the building and the lady in the office got a bit frantic coz she couldn't find our assignments.’
    • ‘I have been speaking to his dad and he and his wife are just frantic with worry, they can't sleep or eat.’
    • ‘There was a frantic tone to the stories, an underlying hysteria I felt as a child but could only name as an adult.’
    • ‘At the airport G, who is basically ten times more masculine than me, was almost frantic with nerves.’
    • ‘Evidence of that frantic plea brings tears to her eyes, but they dry quickly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two young children had gone over the edge of the pier in their buggy and their frantic mother had dived in to save them.’
    • ‘When it was nearly evening and she had not returned home, her mother grew frantic.’
    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’
      • ‘It was then a frantic race to the finish as the excited onlookers cheered the teams over the line.’
      • ‘Most games are frantic, intense and have you pumped full of adrenalin.’
      • ‘I woke up to hear my parents gently bickering with one another, and my mother's frantic hoovering.’
      • ‘In the latter stages they attempted a frantic counter-attack but the ball play was feeble.’
      • ‘This was a game desperate for a goal, but after a frantic 90 minutes the scoresheet still remained blank.’
      • ‘Some rushed to the lounge in need of more coffee while a few were in frantic search of the editors.’
      • ‘He opened the door to his room again, now in a frantic search for anything he may need.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The manager rightly said he felt sorry for the fans after this frantic, frenetic defeat.’
      • ‘Lay out everything you'll need the night before to save frantic searches for baby clothes in the morning.’
      • ‘After a frantic search she spotted the toddler floating in the lake.’
      • ‘I have the necessary space to operate within this frantic environment without anxiety.’
      • ‘From that position, he can't help but learn more about the frantic pace and pressure of the game.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It started to become apparent that maybe the frantic search for vitamin cures was missing the point.’
      • ‘The men noticed the boy was missing and after a frantic search they discovered his body in the river.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

frantic

/ˈfran(t)ik//ˈfræn(t)ɪk/