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 maddestfantastic, frenzied, delirious, kooky, nutty, demented, frantic, absurd, foolish, psychotic, resentful, livid, agitated, furious, distraught, excited, exasperated, crazy, nuts, aberrant
Examples from the Web for maddest
Historical Examples of maddest
Midway in them, they met a rider, riding at the maddest gallop.Hetty's Strange History
Remember that you are dealing with the cleverest and maddest brain we know of to-day.The Mind Master
Arthur J. Burks
A difference that in my maddest dreams I could never have hoped for.The Golden Woman
It was a shriek as of one in the maddest agony, and lasted for some seconds.A Rent In A Cloud
Charles James Lever
Oh, I know it is the wildest, maddest, most unpardonable thing I am saying to you.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
n acronym for US
adjective madder or maddest
- unusually ferociousa mad buffalo
- afflicted with rabies
verb mads, madding or madded
Word Origin for mad
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