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
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
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