- An example of mad is child who is not able to do what he wants to do.
- An ecxample of mad is a psychopath.
- An example of mad is a plan to rob a police station.
- An example of mad is someone getting worked up about possibly getting into trouble.
- An example of mad is the comedy of George Carlin.
- mentally ill; insane
- wildly excited or disorderly; frenzied; frantic: mad with fear
- showing or resulting from lack of reason; foolish and rash; unwise: a mad scheme
- blindly and foolishly enthusiastic or fond; infatuated: to be mad about clothes
- wildly amusing; hilarious: a mad comedy
- having rabies: a mad dog
- angry or provoked: often with at
- showing or expressing anger
Origin of madMiddle English madd, aphetic from Old English gemæd, past participle of (ge)mædan, to make mad, akin to Gothic gamaiths, crippled, Old Saxon gim?d, foolish from Indo-European an unverified form mait- from base an unverified form mai-, to hew, cut off from source Gothic maitan, to hew, Classical Greek mitylos, dehorned
intransitive verbmad′ded, mad′ding
have a mad on
mad as a hatter
Origin of MADm(utual) a(ssured) d(estruction)
- Angry; resentful: was mad about the broken vase. See Synonyms at angry.
- a. Mentally deranged: “afflicted with hypochondria, depression, and fear of going mad” ( Carla Cantor )b. Characteristic of mental derangement: mad laughter.c. Temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas: was mad with jealousy.
- a. Lacking restraint or reason; foolish: I was mad to have hired her in the first place.b. Feeling or showing strong liking or enthusiasm: mad about sports.c. Marked by a lack of restraint, especially by extreme excitement, confusion, or agitation: a mad scramble for the bus.
- Exhibiting uncharacteristic aggressiveness, especially as a result of rabies, spongiform encephalopathy, or another neurological disease. Used of animals: a mad dog; a mad cow.
- Slang a. Excellent; wonderful: It's really mad that they can come.b. Abundant; great: mad respect.
tr. & intr.v.mad·ded, mad·ding, mads
Origin of madMiddle English mentally deranged, rabid, angry from Old English gemǣdde past participle of gemǣdan to derange mentally, madden from gemād mentally deranged ; see mei-1 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative madder, superlative maddest)
- (chiefly UK) Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
- You want to spend $1000 on a pair of shoes? Are you mad?
- He's got this mad idea that he's irresistible to women.
- (chiefly US; UK dated + regional) Angry, annoyed.
- Are you mad at me?
- Wildly confused or excited.
- to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred
- Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
- (colloquial, usually with for or about) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.
- Aren't you just mad for that red dress?
- (of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.
- a mad dog
- (slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; very, much or many.
- I gotta give you mad props for scoring us those tickets. Their lead guitarist has mad skills. There's always mad girls at those parties.
- (of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.
In the United States and Canada, mad generally implies the angry sense (though this is considered informal; literarily it is more likely to mean "insane"). In Commonwealth countries other than Canada, mad typically implies the insane or crazy sense.
(third-person singular simple present mads, present participle madding, simple past and past participle madded)
Middle English medd, madd, from Old English gemÇ£d (“enraged"), from gemÄd (“silly, mad"), from Proto-Germanic *maidaz (compare Old High German gimeit (“foolish, crazy"), Gothic gamaiÃ¾s (gamaiÃ¾s, “crippled")), past participle of *maidijanÄ… (“to cripple, injure"), from Proto-Indo-European *mei (“to change") (compare Old Irish mÃ¡el (“bald, dull"), Old Lithuanian ap-maitinti (“to wound"), Sanskrit [script?] (mÃ©thati, “he hurts, comes to blows")).