Definition of frenetic in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Her writing is hectic and frenetic, but at the same time utterly controlled.’
    • ‘He gives the film a peculiar pace, by starting with an intense and frenetic backstory.’
    • ‘All over Europe, citizens say that they are fed up with the frenetic pace of modern life and are opting for the slow lane.’
    • ‘The industry was in its infancy, personalities abounded and the pace of innovation was frenetic.’
    • ‘For just a moment, in the midst of a film of frenetic pace and constant violence, everything halts.’
    • ‘The game continued to flow at a frenetic pace with Steeton showing great spirit and determination to get back on level terms.’
    • ‘For the West Indies, Gayle got a century, not made at his usual frenetic pace.’
    • ‘The game had started at a frenetic pace as both sides sought to stamp their authority on the match.’
    • ‘Increasingly, boarding schools are attempting to fit in with the frenetic pace of modern life.’
    • ‘As a respite from the frenetic pace of most of the album, the Robinson tracks are welcome.’
    • ‘Plus, it was built slowly and carefully, not at the frenetic pace we saw at a large factory.’
    • ‘He talks quickly and moves through life fast, but his frenetic ways have hurt him on the field.’
    • ‘The pace was frenetic as neither man wanted to let the other get the upper hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything seems to be conducted at a frenetic pace, from talking to walking to driving.’
    • ‘It was frenetic, people moving fast in opposite directions shouting out at one another as they set up the reception area.’
    • ‘The last thing coach Tony Dungy will do is attempt to match the Rams' 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.