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American English: /mæd/
British English: /mad/

Translation of mad in Spanish:

adjective -dd-

  • 1 1.1 (insane) 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 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]
    it's bureaucracy gone mad
    es la burocracia llevada a un extremo absurdo
    to drive somebody mad
    volver or traer loco a alguien
    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]
    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) 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) (predicative) to be mad (with/at somebody)
    estar furioso or (especially Latin America) enojadísimo or (especially Spain) enfadadísimo (con alguien)
    she's mad at him for forgetting her birthday
    está enojadísima or (especially Spain) enfadadísima con él porque se olvidó de su cumpleaños
    to get mad
    ponerse furioso
    to make somebody mad
    poner furioso a alguien
    was I (ever) mad!
    ¡qué furioso me puse!
  • 3 (very enthusiastic) [colloquial] (predicative) to be mad about somebody
    estar loco por alguien
    to be mad about/on somethingshe'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)
    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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