- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsdesperately, furiously, crazily, passionately, violently, hastily, intensely, frantically, excitedly, recklessly, energetically, hysterically, insanely, dementedly, exceedingly, excessively, extremely, hard, irrationally, quickly
Examples from the Web for madly
Florida teens Brandon Goode and Alex Hollinghurst were madly in love, and wanted to run away together.The Teen Love Letters that Led to a Tragic Murder-Suicide in Florida
March 30, 2014
Jeter chased for it madly, maniacally, refusing to let anything act as an impediment.Bissinger: Praying That Derek Jeter, Baseball’s Classiest Act, Returns to the Game
October 16, 2012
As a child growing up in communist Poland, I was madly in love with then long dead Stalin.All-Zionist Girl
April 27, 2012
I was madly in love with one of his two beautiful daughters.I Sat on Elizabeth Taylor's Knee
March 24, 2011
There is still true love out there, and there are still glamorous couples who are madly in love, even after all these years.Couples We Can Still Believe In
The Daily Beast
December 24, 2009
Madly she struggled again and again to get her hind legs to work.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
It thundered at the town, and thundered at the cliffs, and brought the coast down, madly.A Tale of Two Cities
How madly I am trusting you; and yet my heart tells me how wisely!The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
You love the Signorina madly, and you hate me because you are jealous of me—because I am young and you are old.
The Marchesino had told him nothing, except that he—Artois—was madly in love with Vere.
- 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
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