adjective (madder, maddest)
- 1chiefly British Mentally ill; insane: he felt as if he were going madMore example sentences
- The household is mad, disturbed, yet idyllic and peaceful.
- Posterity has called her mad: a schizophrenic.
- He described him as completely mad, crazy, off the wall.
- 1.1chiefly British (Of behaviour or an idea) extremely foolish; not sensible: Antony’s mother told him he was mad to be leaving DublinMore example sentences
- The reader isn't expected to take anything on faith or invest belief in any seemingly mad ideas, which is probably just the right tone for this sort of introductory book.
- When I visited her, I saw notebooks full of her mad ideas.
- There's no secret code or literary illusion, there's just his own mad thoughts on a page.
- 1.2In a frenzied mental or physical state: she pictured loved ones mad with anxiety about her it was a mad dash to get readyMore example sentences
- Lela looked up, trying to hide her amusement as they saw Stasia, obviously driven mad with jealousy and defeat, throwing random sculptures at the two.
- Everyone in the paper ticket line makes a mad dash back to the kiosks.
- The dance started at seven so there was a mad scramble to get ready.
- 1.3 • informal Very angry: don’t be mad at meMore example sentences
angry, furious, infuriated, irate, raging, enraged, fuming, blazing, flaming mad, blazing mad, in a towering rage, incensed, wrathful, seeing red, cross, indignant, exasperated, irritated, berserk, out of control, beside oneself• informal , • dated waxy, in a waxNorth American • informal sorelose one's temper, get in a rage, rant, rant and rave, fulminate; go crazyBritish • informal do one's nutNorth American • informal flip one's wig• vulgar slang go apeshit
- Now don't be mad with me, because it's not entirely my fault that this is happening.
- If you put in the wrong directions, people get quite mad at you.
- How could I be mad at you for defending yourself?
- 1.4(Of a dog) rabid.More example sentences
- This is the ‘furious’ form of rabies, the kind traditionally associated with mad dogs.
- I don't have a nail gun but I've used one from a local shop to knock together a gate and a retaining wall that didn't restrain Holly the mad dog.
- Then the restrained growl of a mad dog found its way past her curled lips, rasping at the stranger before her who hadn't flinched.
- 2 • informal Very enthusiastic about someone or something: he’s mad about football [in combination]: another myth is that Scorpios are sex-madMore example sentences
- When it comes to sports, India is mad about cricket.
- Peter was extremely proud of his children and very happy with Kayce, who took care of him, who protected him, who was just mad about him.
- With every sigh, I become more mad about you, more lost without you.
- 2.1British Very exciting.More example sentences
- The finale to our visit came the very next evening when we were taken on a VIP visit to the Regency Casino for a mad night of wild abandon at the slot machines.
- In the audience it was both a mad mayhem of frenetic bouncing and a sea of staring faces intrigued and in awe.
- I had a sudden uncontrollable desire to be in some mad city on the other side of the world again.
verb (mads, madding, madded)[with object] • archaic Back to top
- Make (someone) mad: had I but seen thy picture in this plight, it would have madded meMore example sentences
- A wise citizen, I know not whence, had a scold to his wife: when she brawled, he played on his drum, and by that means madded her more, because she saw that he would not be moved.
- For Mrs. Bleecker was very wrathful, Euan, and Lana's indiscretions madded her.
- • informal Allow oneself to get carried away by enthusiasm or excitement: let’s go mad and splash outMore example sentences
- The audience went mad with excitement when the elephant stepped on to the stage.
- Seeing their fans going mad as we played was one of the highlights of our time.
- Keegan jogs out from behind the entrance curtains to the sound of Oasis classic ‘Rock and Roll Star’ and the home fans go mad for it.
- • informal With great intensity, energy, or enthusiasm: I ran like madMore example sentences
fast, furiously, as fast as possible, as fast as one's legs can carry one, hurriedly, quickly, rapidly, speedily, hastilyenergetically, enthusiastically, madly, with a will, for all one is worth, passionately, intensely, ardently, ferventlyBritish • informal , • dated like billy-o
- My eyes are hurting like mad, this means I will probably have a cold soon.
- On Saturday morning every bone and muscle was hurting like mad but we still had to soldier on.
- The two looked at each other for a second, then fired like crazy and ran like mad.
(as) mad as a hatter
- • informal Completely insane: he’s indisputably a genius, but he’s also mad as a hatter[with reference to Lewis Carroll's character the Mad Hatter in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), the allusion being to the effects of mercury poisoning from the use of mercurous nitrate in the manufacture of felt hats]More example sentences
- She's mad as a hatter but that bunch of loonies will love her.
- ‘He is as mad as a hatter and in to everything,’ said friend Lesley Gill, who used to work with Brian in the Newbridge branch of Dunnes Stores.
- As long as you temper your unrestrained approach to life with occasional periods of sanity - and do your best not to get arrested - it's completely acceptable to be as mad as a hatter.
- British • informal Extremely enthusiastic: some men are mad keen on footballMore example sentences
- The Namibians are mad keen anglers and are extremely knowledgeable, competent, kind, helpful and dedicated to giving their clients the best possible trip.
- Tony Heart is himself a mad keen angler and he works extremely hard at putting his anglers over the abundant quality fish; his spacious boat is purpose built for angling and cruises effortlessly at 14/15 knots.
- You're mad keen on history - what's your favourite fact about London's past?
Old English gemǣd(e)d 'maddened', participial form related to gemād 'mad', of Germanic origin.