adjective, mad·der, mad·dest.
- abnormally furious; ferocious: a mad bull.
- affected with rabies; rabid: a mad dog.
verb (used with object), mad·ded, mad·ding.
verb (used without object), mad·ded, mad·ding.
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Origin of mad
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historical usage of mad
The Old English forms are from the Germanic adjective gamaidaz “changed for the worse, abnormal.” The element maid- in gamaidaz is from Proto-Indo-European moi-, a variant of the root mei-, moi- “to change, exchange, go, move,” extended with a dental suffix ( -d in Germanic, -t elsewhere). The same suffixed variant moit- appears in Latin mūtāre “to change, exchange, give and receive in exchange.” Sicilian Greek (therefore likely to be influenced by Latin) has the noun moîtos “thanks, favor, reward,” which is possibly a borrowing from Old Latin moitus.
The progression of senses of mad starts with its original sense in Old English, “troubled in mind, demented.” The senses “rabid (dog),” “foolish or unwise,” and “overcome by desire or eagerness” are all recorded from around 1300. Mad in the sense “enraged, angry” arose after about 1400. This sense of mad is the usual colloquial term in the United States (the British are more likely to use angry ) and has been condemned by the arbiters of usage since the late-18th century. The sense “wildly lively, merry” is an Americanism, associated with jazz and African Americans, and dates to the early 1940s.
like mad (initially, for mad ) is quite old, from the 14th century. We take it today to mean “with great haste or energy,” but the original meaning was more literal: “in the manner of one who is mad.”
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Example sentences from the Web for mad
When he has called the police in the past, they have not responded, or responded “mad late.”
From righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.
We fight over their ownership and control, as if reality were a resource as scarce as the water and oil in Mad Max.
This year's shockers: no Amy Poehler, nothing for 'Mad Men,' and a whole lot of love for virgins and transgenders.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More|Kevin Fallon|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thank you for this moment, thank you for this mad love, thank you for this trip to the Élysée.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I'd radiate like mad; I'd complain about the situation at every crossroad, at every filling station, before every farmer.Highways in Hiding|George Oliver Smith
"Aw, them big ranches make me mad," announced the first speaker.
Olaf, I did not do it, but some spirit that entered into me and made me mad—mad for the lips of Iduna the Fair.The Wanderer's Necklace|H. Rider Haggard
The escort rode a short distance behind the girl, and they were hard put to it to hold the mad pace which she set them.The Mad King|Edgar Rice Burroughs
They are a mad, racing breed—fat, unwearied, and strenuous—the pick of their species.The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for mad (1 of 2)
adjective madder or maddest
- unusually ferociousa mad buffalo
- afflicted with rabies
verb mads, madding or madded
Derived forms of madmaddish, adjective
Word Origin for mad
British Dictionary definitions for mad (2 of 2)
n acronym for US
Medical definitions for mad
Idioms and Phrases with mad
In addition to the idioms beginning with mad
- mad about
- mad as a hatter
- mad as a hornet
- made for each other
- made of money
- made to measure
- made to order
- mad rush
- crazy (mad) about
- drive someone crazy (mad)
- hopping mad
- like crazy (mad)
- stark raving mad