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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ "Is he really dead?" Abe asked in a panicky voice.
panicky motorists
▪ After waiting for him for two hours, Lorna got panicky and called the police.
▪ I began to feel panicky, sure that I was going to miss the train.
▪ And above all, this crime was spontaneous, panicky and angry.
▪ Arriving late to find all moving stairways were out of order a panicky half mile sprint was needed to catch our plane.
▪ Crowds of angry, panicky depositors threw stones at government buildings and police.
▪ Depression is an inability to function; women feel panicky, lethargic, unable to enjoy the baby.
▪ She had panicky thoughts about the Clifton suspension bridge and its alarming suicide rate, but Tavett did not mention Clifton.
▪ Stories appeared that were untrue, newspapers quoted things she had not said and she began to feel panicky.
▪ You receive a panicky call from a department head.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

panicky \pan"ick*y\ adj. Same as panic-stricken; as, the travellers became panicky as the snow deepened.

Syn: panic-stricken, panic-struck, petrified, terrified, frightened.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1869, from panic (n.1) + -y (2). Related: Panickiness.


a. In a state of panic.


adj. thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation; "became panicky as the snow deepened"; "felt panicked before each exam"; "trying to keep back the panic-stricken crowd"; "the terrified horse bolted" [syn: panicked, panic-stricken, panic-struck, terrified, frightened]

Usage examples of "panicky".

The resulting social and political unrest - coupled with violent, though typically impotent, protests against the war, America and the political leadership - is unlikely to convince panicky tottering regimes to offer greater political openness and participatory democracy.

Most people go through a kind of panicky, preconsciousness checklist upon awakening.

Once again he struck me as being a strange mixture of personal hauntedness, complete confinement in his own panicky universe, and yet at the same time open to all kinds of experiences from the outer world.

It was quite a scramble to find all the muskets and close them off before the tiring started, but it helped that the Mexica commander kept shouting for them to surrender, while the panicky horses kept the Mexica in an uproar long enough for Calvin to finish the job.

In Basildon and Rayleigh they trigger a panicky dash back to the island by parents and partners working on the mainland.

The bulk of narcissistic behaviours can be traced to this panicky reaction to the remote potential for loss of control.

Her bruised heart ached in panicky reaction to her susceptibility to him, reminding her of her vulnerability.

The Board of Directors admitted to panicky fear that their dividends which had poured in regularly for five hundred years would fail.

Her husband, also skinny (but with a blooming suburban potbelly just beginning to take shape), did a kind of helpless, panicky dance around her.

In the moments before it was totally engulfed by burning fuel from the punctured belly tank, Claudia saw the panicky contortions of the pilot trapped under the armored canopy.

For a moment he was panicky at the thought that some day she might grow tired of his silences, his usual lack of demonstrativeness, his long absences-"Mary-"

Another hapless circle bumped along unevenly,-staring in all directions with panicky eye patches until surging black vapors overtook it.

Why, then, did she feel so panicky, as if the smell of adventure was going to make her fall off the wagon?

Being so utterly idle, and his mind filled with the numerous predictions which had been made concerning the scarcity of labour this winter and the panicky state of the financial market, Hurstwood read this with interest.

Though starving and weak, the glaver had enough panicky strength to drag Dwer for a dozen meters, till her will finally gave out.