(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)
- (now colloquial US) To madden, to anger, to frustrate.
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")).