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Pronunciation: /mæd/

Translation of mad in Spanish:

adjective/adjetivo (-dd-)

  • 1 1.1 (insane) loco, demente mad scientist científico (masculine) loco are you mad? ¿pero estás loco? in a mad moment en un momento de locura to be mad with grief/pain estar* loco de pena/dolor to go mad volverse* loco, enloquecer(se)* when I told her I'd lost it she went mad cuando le dije que lo había perdido se puso como loca or como una fiera don't go mad with the salt no te pases con la sal [colloquial/familiar] it's bureaucracy gone mad es la burocracia llevada a un extremo absurdo to drive sb mad volver* or traer* loco a algn these kids are driving me mad estos niños me están volviendo loca or me traen loca to work/run/fight like mad trabajar/correr/pelear como un loco they shouted like mad gritaban como locos to be as mad as a hatter o as a March hare estar* loco de atar or más loco que una cabra [colloquial/familiar] 1.2 [rush] loco, demencial; [gallop] desenfrenado we made a mad dash for the airport salimos como locos para el aeropuerto
    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 (foolish, crazy) [scheme/idea] disparatado, descabellado what a mad thing to say! ¡qué disparate!
    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.
    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.
  • 2 (angry) (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) (predicative/predicativo)to be mad (with/at sb) estar* furioso or (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) enojadísimo or (especially Spain/especialmente España) enfadadísimo (con algn) she's mad at him for forgetting her birthday está enojadísima or (especially Spain/especialmente España) enfadadísima con él porque se olvidó de su cumpleaños to get mad ponerse* furioso to make sb mad poner* furioso a algn was I (ever) mad! ¡qué furioso me puse!
  • 3 (very enthusiastic) [colloquial/familiar] (predicative/predicativo) to be mad about sb estar* loco por algnto be mad about/on sth she's mad about lemon ice-cream/about o on African music el helado de limón/la música africana la vuelve loca, le encanta or le chifla el helado de limón/la música africana I'm not mad keen on the idea (British English/inglés británico) la idea no me vuelve loco or no me entusiasma demasiado
    Example sentences
    • 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?
    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.

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