noun, plural fren·zies.
- extreme mental agitation; wild excitement or derangement.
- a fit or spell of violent mental excitement; a paroxysm characteristic of or resulting from a mania: He is subject to these frenzies several times a year.
verb (used with object), fren·zied, fren·zy·ing.
- to drive to frenzy; make frantic: She was frenzied by fear when she smelled the smoke.
noun plural -zies
- violent mental derangement
- wild excitement or agitation; distraction
- a bout of wild or agitated activitya frenzy of preparations
verb -zies, -zying or -zied
- (tr) to make frantic; drive into a frenzy
mid-14c., “delirium, insanity,” from Old French frenesie, from Medieval Latin phrenesia, from phrenesis, back-formation from Latin phreneticus “delirious” (see frenetic). Meaning “excited state of mind” is from c.1400.