[mad-man, -muh n]

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

Examples from the Web for madmen

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Historical Examples of madmen

  • Evidently it was amusing, because they began to laugh loudly like a couple of madmen.

    A Hero of Our Time

    M. Y. Lermontov

  • It was said that they meant to throw the gates of Bedlam open, and let all the madmen loose.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Four or five of these madmen villains—what need had they of weapons?

    The World Beyond

    Raymond King Cummings

  • Nay, he said, if madness be forbidden, neither may they copy the behaviour of madmen.

  • Will she join these madmen in their wild thirst for vengeance?

    The Man the Martians Made

    Frank Belknap Long

British Dictionary definitions for madmen


noun plural -men

a man who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for madmen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper