- 1 done 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 at the office right now. They worked with frantic haste.
- 2 unable 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 kids are making me frantic (= making me very annoyed).
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NAmE//ˈfræntɪkli//adverb They worked frantically to finish on time.