Definition for madding (2 of 2)
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 madding
Exit the fellow traveler, looking for a movie far from the madding goons at Winterland.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band|Grover Lewis|March 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These love not the dhobi, and dwell by preference far from the madding crowd.Birds of the Indian Hills|Douglas Dewar
If you do not go very soon, I shall probably see you somewhere far from the madding crowd.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2|Elizabeth Bisland
"Weatherbury" is a most interesting place, although somewhat altered since Far from the Madding Crowd was penned.The Heart of Wessex|Sidney Heath
Brooke House lay out of the way of the "madding crowd," and there his friends would have time to arrange things for him.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 1 (of 2)|George Jacob Holyoake
There is many a nook and cranny behind the ever changing sand dunes where one can get away from the “madding crowd.”The Camp Fire Girls on a Yacht|Margaret Love Sanderson
British Dictionary definitions for madding (1 of 3)
Derived Formsmaddingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for madding (2 of 3)
n acronym for US
British Dictionary definitions for madding (3 of 3)
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 madding
Idioms and Phrases with madding
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