[ mad-man, -muh n ]
/ ˈmædˌmæn, -mən /

noun, plural mad·men [mad-men, -muh n] /ˈmædˌmɛn, -mən/.

a person who is or behaves as if insane; lunatic; maniac.

Origin of madman

First recorded in 1300–50, madman is from the Middle English word madd man. See mad, man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for madman


/ (ˈmædmən) /

noun plural -men

a man who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
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Word Origin and History for madman



early 14c., mad man, from mad (adj.) + man (n.). One-word form attested from c.1400, prevalent from 16c.

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