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[fran-tik] /ˈfræn tɪk/

desperate or wild with excitement, passion, fear, pain, etc.; frenzied.
Archaic. insane; mad.
distracted with fear, pain, joy, etc
marked by or showing frenzy: frantic efforts
(archaic) insane

mid-14c., “insane,” unexplained variant of Middle English frentik (see frenetic). Transferred meaning “affected by wild excitement” is from late 15c. Of the adverbial forms, frantically (1749) is later than franticly (1540s).



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