• IPA: /ˈfɹɛnzi/


  1. A state of wild activity or panic.
    She went into a cleaning frenzy to prepare for the unexpected guests.
  2. A violent agitation of the mind approaching madness; rage.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 1]:
      All else is towering frenzy and distraction.
    • 1595-1596, William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 5, scene 1:
      The poet's eye in a fine frenzy rolling.
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  1. (obsolete) Mad; frantic.
    • 1678 John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress:
      They thought that some frenzy distemper had got into his head.

frenzy (frenzies, present participle frenzying; past and past participle frenzied)

  1. (uncommon) To render frantic.
    • Both goaded on to strife by frenzying hate.
      Then there is the absorbing, not to say frenzying, interest, which attends our important elections.
  2. (rare) To exhibit a frenzy, such as a feeding frenzy.
    • The fresh smell of salt air, the sound of the crashing swell, the soothing immersion in the water, the sight of dolphins playing and fish frenzying beneath my board.

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