mad Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite roused to anger
- stayed huffy a good while"- Mark Twain
- she gets mad when you wake her up so early
- mad at his friend
- sore over a remark
adjective satellite affected with madness or insanity
crazy; unhinged; brainsick; demented; disturbed; sick; unbalanced.
adjective satellite marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
unrestrained; frantic; excited; delirious.
- a crowd of delirious baseball fans
- something frantic in their gaiety
- a mad whirl of pleasure
adjective satellite very foolish
- harebrained ideas
- took insane risks behind the wheel
- a completely mad scheme to build a bridge between two mountains
Mad obsolete past participle
- of Made.
, mad; akin to OS. gemd
foolish, OHG. gameit
, Icel. meia
to hurt, Goth. gamáids
weak, broken. .
comparative Madder ; superlative Maddest
- Disordered in intellect; crazy; insane.
I have heard my grandsire say full oft,
Extremity of griefs would make men mad.
- Excited beyond self-control or the restraint of reason; inflamed by violent or uncontrollable desire, passion, or appetite; as, to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred; mad against political reform.
It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
Jer. 1. 88.
And being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
Acts xxvi. 11.
- Proceeding from, or indicating, madness; expressing distraction; prompted by infatuation, fury, or extreme rashness. "Mad demeanor."
Mad wars destroy in one year the works of many years of peace.
The mad promise of Cleon was fulfilled.
- Extravagant; immoderate. "Be mad and merry." Shak. "Fetching mad bounds." Shak.
- Furious with rage, terror, or disease; -- said of the lower animals; as, a mad bull; esp., having hydrophobia; rabid; as, a mad dog.
- Angry; out of patience; vexed; as, to get mad at a person. Colloq.
- Having impaired polarity; -- applied to a compass needle. Colloq.
Mad transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Madded; present participle & verbal noun Madding
- To make mad or furious; to madden.
Had I but seen thy picture in this plight,
It would have madded me.
Mad intransitive verb
- To be mad; to go mad; to rave. See Madding. Archaic
Festus said with great voice, Paul thou maddest.
; akin to D. & G. made
, Goth. mapa
, and prob. to E. moth
- (Zoöl.) An earthworm. Written also made.
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