Definitions for hecticˈhɛk tɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hec•ticˈhɛk tɪk(adj.)

  1. characterized by confused or hurried activity.

  2. of or designating a fevered condition, as in tuberculosis, attended by flushed cheeks, hot skin, and emaciation.

    Category: Pathology

  3. affected with such fever; consumptive.

    Category: Pathology

  4. flushed; red.

Origin of hectic:

1350–1400; ME etyk < MF < LL hecticus < Gk hektikós habitual, consumptive, adj. corresponding to héxis habit, state; see cachexia , -tic


Princeton's WordNet

  1. feverish, hectic(adj)

    marked by intense agitation or emotion

    "worked at a feverish pace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hectic(adjective)ˈhɛk tɪk

    too busy or full of activity

    a hectic day at work; The family's schedule is hectic.


  1. hectic(Noun)

    A hectic fever.

  2. hectic(Noun)

    A flush like one produced by such a fever.

  3. hectic(Adjective)

    Of a fever, pertaining to bodily reactions characterised by flushed or dry skin.

  4. hectic(Adjective)

    Very busy with activity and confusion; feverish.

    The city center is so hectic at 8 in the morning that I go to work an hour beforehand to avoid the crowds

  5. Origin: From etique, from *, from έκτικός, from έξις, from έξειν.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hectic(adj)

    habitual; constitutional; pertaining especially to slow waste of animal tissue, as in consumption; as, a hectic type in disease; a hectic flush

  2. Hectic(adj)

    in a hectic condition; having hectic fever; consumptive; as, a hectic patient

  3. Hectic(noun)

    hectic fever

  4. Hectic(noun)

    a hectic flush


  1. Hectic E.P.

    Hectic was the debut EP by the American ska punk band Operation Ivy. It was released in January 1988 through Lookout! Records. Hectic is credited as one of the first ska-core records. In 1991, all 6 tracks from Hectic were later released on the self-titled compilation album, which also featured all the tracks from Energy and two tracks from the Turn It Around! compilation. Hectic was re-released on 12-inch vinyl by Hellcat Records on April 18, 2012. Larry Livermore, founder of Lookout! Records, has said that Lookout! was founded solely to release an Operation Ivy record. Lookout! Records was in fact started with simply a PO Box in order to release records by Livermore's own band, The Lookouts. This was said to emphasize Operation Ivy's importance in Lookout! Records' catalog.

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very busy; rushed

Life is hectic these days.

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