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



BrE BrE//ˈhektɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhektɪk//
Describing work
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very busy; full of activity to lead a hectic life a hectic schedule hectic last-minute preparations Today was too hectic for me. See related entries: Describing work Word Originlate Middle English etik, via Old French from late Latin hecticus, from Greek hektikos ‘habitual’, from hexis ‘habit, state of mind or body’. The original association with the symptoms of tuberculosis (hectic fever) gave rise to the current sense in the early 20th century.Extra examples The job gets a bit hectic at times. I don’t want to lead such a hectic life any more. They’ve got a a hectic schedule planned. We were involved in the hectic last-minute preparations.
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