Definition of frenetic in US English:



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

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