Origin of madder1
Definition for madder (2 of 3)
Can be confusedmadder matter
Definition for madder (3 of 3)
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
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.”
Examples from the Web for 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|Ron Christie|May 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thus the new marching orders: get madder about the same old things - but in an even more deranged fashion.
On the other hand, in fairness to them, if they had read the book, they'd no doubt be madder still.
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|Daniel Gross|September 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Your reporter, however, found that the more he learned, the madder he got.
Few countries can boast such wheat, colza, flax, and madder as it produces.Holland, v. 1 (of 2)|Edmondo de Amicis
Boil the goods in a mordant of alum and sulphate of iron, then pass them through a bath of madder.
At the present time the cultivation of madder is practically extinct.Coal|Raphael Meldola
Madder Red:—To each pound of goods, alum five ounces, red or cream of tartar one ounce.The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)|Mrs. F.L. Gillette
But the madder they acted, the tickleder he seemed, and more prouder, and high-headeder.Sweet Cicely|Josiah Allen's Wife: Marietta Holley
British Dictionary definitions for madder (1 of 4)
Word Origin for madder
British Dictionary definitions for madder (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for madder (3 of 4)
n acronym for US
British Dictionary definitions for madder (4 of 4)
adjective madder or maddest
- unusually ferociousa mad buffalo
- afflicted with rabies
verb mads, madding or madded
Derived Formsmaddish, adjective
Word Origin for mad
Medicine definitions for madder
Idioms and Phrases with madder
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