[ mey-nee-ak ]
/ ˈmeɪ niˌæk /


a raving or violently insane person; lunatic.
any intemperate or overly zealous or enthusiastic person: a maniac when it comes to details.


Origin of maniac

First recorded in 1595–1605, maniac is from the Medieval Latin word maniacus of, pertaining to madness. See mania, -ac Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for maniac

/ (ˈmeɪnɪˌæk) /


a wild disorderly person
a person who has a great craving or enthusiasm for somethinga football maniac
psychiatry obsolete a person afflicted with mania

Word Origin for maniac

C17: from Late Latin maniacus belonging to madness, from Greek
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Medical definitions for maniac

[ mānē-ăk′ ]


An insane person.
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