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[mad-woo m-uh n] /ˈmædˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural madwomen.
a woman who is or behaves as if insane.
Origin of madwoman
1400-50; late Middle English. See mad, woman Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The shrieks of the madwoman, who was no longer visible, rang out from the darkness as from a grave.

  • Oh, when she left his place, a few days ago, she felt like a madwoman!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • She was like a madwoman; she saw everything before her eyes; she lived the past over again.

    Dr. Adriaan Louis Couperus
  • Pascal fixed a penetrating look on the madwoman, and then on his father and uncle.

  • He leapt into the room and threw away his revolver in order to seize the madwoman.

  • The boy raised his eyes to the madwoman's face, and both looked at each other.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • As the madwoman turned to attack her, the room was filled with men, headed by the sergeant.

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for madwoman


noun (pl) -women
a woman who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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