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.

Nearby words

  1. madison, dolley,
  2. madison, dolley or dolly,
  3. madison, james,
  4. madisonville,
  5. madiun,
  6. madlyn,
  7. madm.,
  8. madman,
  9. madness,
  10. madoera

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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