madcap

[mad-kap]

adjective

wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash: a madcap scheme.

noun

a madcap person.

Nearby words

  1. madame butterfly,
  2. madang,
  3. madariaga,
  4. madariaga, salvador de,
  5. madarosis,
  6. madd,
  7. madden,
  8. maddening,
  9. maddeningly,
  10. madder

Origin of madcap

First recorded in 1580–90; mad + cap1

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British Dictionary definitions for madcap

madcap

adjective

impulsive, reckless, or lively

noun

an impulsive, reckless, or lively person

Word Origin for madcap

C16: from mad + cap (in the figurative sense: head)

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Word Origin and History for madcap

madcap

1580s, noun and adjective, from mad (adj.) + cap, used here figuratively for "head." Related: Madcappery.

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