madly

[ mad-lee ]
/ ˈmæd li /

adverb

insanely or wildly: The old witch cackled madly.
with desperate haste or intensity; furiously: They worked madly to repair the bridge.
foolishly: They lived madly, wasting all their money.
extremely: They're madly in love.

Origin of madly

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at mad, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for madly

madly

/ (ˈmædlɪ) /

adverb

in an insane or foolish manner
with great speed and energy
informal extremely or excessivelyI love you madly
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Word Origin and History for madly

madly


adv.

early 13c., from mad (adj.) + -ly (2). Colloquial meaning "passionately" had emerged by 18c.

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