- madder family,
- madder lake,
- maddux, greg,
- made dish
Origin of madding
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 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
n acronym for US
adjective madder or maddest
- unusually ferociousa mad buffalo
- afflicted with rabies
verb mads, madding or madded
Word Origin for mad
present participle adjective from obsolete verb mad "to make insane; to become insane" (see madden); now principally in the phrase far from the madding crowd, title of a novel by Hardy (1874), who lifted it from a line of Gray's "Elegy" (1749), which seems to echo a line from Drummond of Hawthornden from 1614 ("Farre from the madding Worldling's hoarse discords").
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