Definition of frenzy in US English:



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

    ‘Doreen worked herself into a frenzy of rage’
    • ‘Then suddenly there was a frenzy of excitement in one corner of the square.’
    • ‘The surviving forest was once again left to stand silent and shocked in the wake of the frenzy.’
    • ‘Local media outlets have been in a frenzy interviewing people who attended the party.’
    • ‘The pictures taken in the first few days after the disaster were done in a frenzy of haste and chaos.’
    • ‘And despite the retail frenzy, a lot of people said they wished they had not bothered.’
    • ‘They are joining the frenzy in Shanghai, but have to face a very competitive job market.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This had caused a frenzy of speculation after it was placed anonymously in the Sunday Times last month.’
    • ‘And in a wild frenzy, Jones also tried to bite other people as police struggled to arrest him.’
    • ‘One can only pity the poor soul who subjects herself to the media 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 audience were whipped up into a frenzy of emotion that sent everyone home on a high.’
    • ‘In her prime, she used to run up and down the aisles of her Chicago church whipping the congregation into a frenzy.’
    • ‘Often it's a simple chant or catch cry that will whip a crowd into a united frenzy.’
    • ‘He flew into a frenzy and headed up the ladder to the attic with a rope.’
    • ‘Thankfully, the sound was back in a minute and the audience got back into the 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.’
    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’.