Definition of manic in US English:

manic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or affected by mania.

    ‘the manic interludes in depression’
    • ‘A manic episode is not a disorder in and of itself, but rather is a part of a type of bipolar disorder.’
    • ‘Lithium helps stabilise these to some extent and prevents the chaotic cycling between the manic and depressive phases of the illness.’
    • ‘She spent little time on psychiatric inpatient units working, for example, with bipolar patients in their active manic phases.’
    • ‘Indeed, many bipolar patients report that manic episodes followed a period in which they were unable to sleep or endured jet lag.’
    • ‘A hyperactive manic patient will nearly always have a rapid heart rate, but it doesn't follow that a rapid heart rate causes the mania.’
    1. 1.1 Showing wild, apparently deranged, excitement and energy.
      ‘a manic grin’
      ‘his manic enthusiasm’
      • ‘To generate combative, manic energy, they frame the entire world in dualistic terms of light and darkness.’
      • ‘She just looked at him with a manic grin on her face.’
      • ‘Landis is bubbly, effervescent, and clearly chock full of manic energy.’
      • ‘He'll have a laugh with you but if you mess with him he won't think twice about letting the menace come out from behind his manic grin.’
      • ‘There is an almost manic enthusiasm for reform amongst some, countered by stubborn resistance to change on the part of others.’
      • ‘‘I will tell you nothing, absolutely nothing,’ screeched Fergus, with a manic grin on his face.’
      • ‘Tommy has such a manic excitement that he's like a rubber ball bouncing off the walls.’
      • ‘It remains an overpowering moment, delivered with the manic energy of a preacher.’
      • ‘This was a thoughtful, quiet museum which nicely complemented the manic excitement of the Dracula Experience.’
      • ‘The manic energy he puts into the story is reflected and magnified in the attitude, motion and beauty of his cast.’
      • ‘He was an up-and-coming comic then, a strange androgynous mix of lunacy and manic energy.’
      • ‘He had spiky brown mullet and a slightly manic grin.’
      • ‘It exudes a kind of manic energy that few comedies even attempt.’
      • ‘I was possessed with a manic kind of energy.’
      • ‘With manic energy and a knack for voices, Bennett's performance is outstanding.’
      • ‘Donny and Trevor shouldered their way past me with manic grins on their faces.’
      • ‘Drunk or sober, he was driven by a manic energy and impatience that made him a difficult friend and an almost impossible husband and father.’
      • ‘One of his companions reports that he would do cartwheels across the stage in sheer bursts of manic energy.’
      • ‘He also brought to the job an almost manic energy, fuelled by a huge appetite for food and drink.’
      • ‘My sister and I arrived the night before the surgery and found my mother full of manic energy.’
      mad, insane, deranged, demented, maniacal, lunatic, crazed, wild, demonic, demoniacal, hysterical, raving, neurotic, unhinged, unbalanced
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    2. 1.2 Frenetically busy; frantic.
      ‘the pace is utterly manic’
      • ‘This is the perfect place to relax as it's busy but never too manic.’
      • ‘All of these factors conspire to create a manic and intensely enjoyable film.’
      • ‘They were the precursors of bands like the Stooges with manic live shows and wild frontmen.’
      • ‘As for the Internet, and the future of publishing in a technologically transformed age, there was a certain manic intensity to the discussion.’
      • ‘Our lives have been really hectic lately, bordering on manic.’
      • ‘One manic Monday, while I was busy working for the weekend, I overheard him.’
      • ‘In fact, the whole second half of the album is a lot more chilled out than the first, which can be manic and intensely un-listenable.’
      • ‘The songs are frequently manic and frenzied but just before you burn out they slow down and become melodious.’
      frenzied, feverish, frenetic, hectic, intense
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Pronunciation

manic

/ˈmænɪk//ˈmanik/