Origin of madder1
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.
Origin of mad
Synonyms for mad
Antonyms for mad
Related Words for madderfantastic, frenzied, delirious, kooky, nutty, demented, frantic, absurd, foolish, psychotic, resentful, livid, agitated, furious, distraught, excited, exasperated, crazy, nuts, aberrant
Examples from the Web for madder
Contemporary Examples of madder
Late last week, McDonough assured us that Obama is “madder than hell” about the VA fiasco.The Scandal at the VA Is Real, and Obama Is Ducking It
May 20, 2014
Thus the new marching orders: get madder about the same old things - but in an even more deranged fashion.David's Bookclub: 'Bullies'
January 14, 2013
On the other hand, in fairness to them, if they had read the book, they'd no doubt be madder still.Malkin-Bots Ineptly Strike Back
David Frum, Justin Green
September 23, 2012
In fact, among some pockets of the rich, the more Republicans cut their taxes, the madder they get.Romney’s ‘47 Percent’ Comments Were Bad Economics and Bad Politics
September 18, 2012
Your reporter, however, found that the more he learned, the madder he got.Where's The Outrage?
February 12, 2009
Historical Examples of madder
And next day Cap'n Jonadab was round, madder'n a licked pup.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
A madder journey than Jim could have conceived of, had he not been a participant in it.
Vy the tevil don't beobles zay when there are things the madder at home?Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
A madder fellow than Bill Poodles never floundered in shallow water.Breaking Away
Nonie's cheeks were scarlet; she was getting madder and madder with every word she said.We Ten
Lyda Farrington Kraus
Word Origin for madder
n acronym for US
adjective madder or maddest
- unusually ferociousa mad buffalo
- afflicted with rabies
verb mads, madding or madded
Word Origin for mad
type of plant (in modern use Rubia tinctorum) used for making dyes, Old English mædere, from PIE *modhro- "dye plant" (cf. Old Norse maðra, Old High German matara "madder," Polish modry, Czech modry "blue").
late 13c., from Old English gemædde (plural) "out of one's mind" (usually implying also violent excitement), also "foolish, extremely stupid," earlier gemæded "rendered insane," past participle of a lost verb *gemædan "to make insane or foolish," from Proto-Germanic *ga-maid-jan, demonstrative form of *ga-maid-az "changed (for the worse), abnormal" (cf. Old Saxon gimed "foolish," Old High German gimeit "foolish, vain, boastful," Gothic gamaiþs "crippled, wounded," Old Norse meiða "to hurt, maim"), from intensive prefix *ga- + PIE *moito-, past participle of root *mei- "to change" (cf. Latin mutare "to change," mutuus "done in exchange," migrare "to change one's place of residence;" see mutable).
Emerged in Middle English to replace the more usual Old English word, wod (see wood (adj.)). Sense of "beside oneself with excitement or enthusiasm" is from early 14c. Meaning "beside oneself with anger" is attested from early 14c., but deplored by Rev. John Witherspoon (1781) as an Americanism. It now competes in American English with angry for this sense. Of animals, "affected with rabies," from late 13c. Phrase mad as a March hare is attested from 1520s, via notion of breeding season; mad as a hatter is from 1829 as "demented," 1837 as "enraged," according to a modern theory supposedly from erratic behavior caused by prolonged exposure to poison mercuric nitrate, used in making felt hats. For mad as a wet hen see hen. Mad money is attested from 1922; mad scientist is from 1891.
late 14c., from mad (adj.).
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