Definition of maniac in English:

maniac

Syllabification: ma·ni·ac
Pronunciation: /ˈmānēˌak
 
/

noun

informal

Derivatives

maniacal

Pronunciation: /məˈnīəkəl/
adjective
More example sentences
  • And they didn't do so out of some maniacal drive to accumulate a big pile of cash.
  • He glared at me with his fishy-looking eyes and flashed me a maniacal grin, showing all his yellow teeth.
  • Despite its proven stress-relieving effect, I will not indulge in maniacal laughter.

maniacally

Pronunciation: /məˈnīək(ə)lē/
adverb
More example sentences
  • The kitchen table is an unruly heap of evidence as Jordan, maniacally smoking, tells her sprawling story.
  • He ran around laughing maniacally when I told him to do things.
  • In the event that neither is true, feel free to laugh maniacally at me.

Origin

early 16th century (as an adjective): via late Latin from late Greek maniakos, from mania (see mania).

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