1pan·ic /ˈpænɪk/ noun plural pan·ics
a state or feeling of extreme fear that makes someone unable to act or think normally [singular
] ▪ He was in a panic when he realized how late he was. ▪ There's no reason to get into a panic.
] ▪ The villagers fled in panic from the approaching army. ▪ The crowd was in a state of panic. ▪ She has panic attacks whenever she has to speak in public. ▪ (medical) He was diagnosed with panic disorder. [=an illness that causes someone to have frequent panic attacks]
a situation that causes many people to become afraid and to rush to do something — usually singular ▪ The recent panic over/about unsafe drinking water resulted in a shortage of bottled water in the stores.
— pan·icky /ˈpænɪki/ adjective
[more panicky; most panicky
▪ He got panicky when he realized how late he was.