maniacal

[muh-nahy-uh-kuh l]

adjective

of or relating to mania or a maniac.

Nearby words

  1. manhunt,
  2. mani,
  3. mani-pedi,
  4. mania,
  5. maniac,
  6. manic,
  7. manic depression,
  8. manic disorder,
  9. manic-depressive,
  10. manic-depressive illness

Origin of maniacal

First recorded in 1670–80; maniac + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for maniacal

maniacal

maniac (ˈmeɪnɪæk)

adjective

affected with or characteristic of mania
characteristic of or befitting a maniacmaniacal laughter
Derived Formsmaniacally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for maniacal

maniacal

adj.

1670s, from maniac (adj.) + -al (1). Related: Maniacally.

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Medicine definitions for maniacal

maniacal

[mə-nīə-kəl]

adj.

Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity.

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