- 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
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 gem&aemac;dde, past participle of *gem&aemac;dan, 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")).