Definition of frantic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    frantic

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈfræntɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfræntɪk//
     
    Fear
     
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  1. 1done quickly and with a lot of activity, but in a way that is not very well organized synonym hectic a frantic dash/search/struggle They made frantic attempts to revive him. Things are frantic in the office right now. They worked with frantic haste.
  2. 2unable to control your emotions because you are extremely frightened or worried about something synonym beside yourself frantic with worry Let's go back. Your parents must be getting frantic by now. The children are driving me frantic (= making me very annoyed). See related entries: Fear
  3. Word Origin late Middle English frentik, ‘insane, violently mad’, from Old French frenetique, via Latin from Greek phrenitikos, from phrenitis ‘delirium’, from phrēn ‘mind’.Extra examples He was quite frantic by the time we got home. The children have been driving me frantic all day! We were starting to get frantic with worry. Her frantic parents searched for nearly an hour. I’ve been almost frantic with worry for the last half-hour. It was a constant frantic rush against the clock. Jack was beginning to feel quite frantic. Let’s go back. Your parents must be getting frantic by now. The children are driving me frantic. They began a frantic search for the missing child.
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