Definition of madcap in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmadkap/


1Amusingly eccentric: a surreal, madcap novel
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  • I did, however, see them tittering, shrieking, guffawing and hooting with laughter at the madcap slapstick that has become the trademark of these two spiky-haired, South Yorkshire clowns.
  • Sweden has not had a Queen since the reign of the eccentric madcap Queen Christina in the 1600's.
  • The red of her coat brought out the natural glow of her skin, and a bandage on her temple made her look madcap and rakish.
zany, eccentric, ridiculous, unconventional, weird
1.1Done without considering the consequences; foolish or reckless: a madcap scheme
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  • This used to be a joint enterprise with her husband Jonathan: a madcap scheme to create cook books in a house with no mains, electricity or freezer.
  • So is this end of such madcap actions by parents who should know better?
  • Was he a highly-charged risk-taker who, away from his family, had chanced all on a madcap, criminal adventure?


An eccentric or reckless person.
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  • Having secured two acting legends and a comic madcap, the rest of the casting fell into place.
  • Her friends have always known her as a madcap but her latest fund raising exploits have left them astounded.
  • Add some desperately unfunny writing and a guy who doesn't really know how to be madcap and… well, we've all learned a lesson.
oddity, odd fellow, character, individual;
hothead, daredevil
informal crackpot, oddball, weirdo, loony, nut, nutter, nutcase, nutjob, cuckoo
North American informal screwball
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
Scottish informal radge
Australian/New Zealand informal dingbat
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