An example of mayhem is a mosh pit that gets out of control at a rock concert.
An example of mayhem is a person causing a victim to not be able to walk.
Children committing mayhem in the flower beds.
What if the legendary hero Robin Hood had been born into the mayhem of the 20th century ?
In all the mayhem, some children were separated from their partners.
She waded into the mayhem, elbowing between taller men to work her way to the front of the crowd.
The clowns would dart into the crowd and pull another unsuspecting victim into the mayhem of the ring.
The fighting dogs created mayhem in the flower beds.
Origin of mayhem
- Middle English maim, mayhem from Anglo-Norman maihem from Old French mahaigne injury from mahaignier to maim from Vulgar Latin mahanāre probably of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English mayme, mahaime, from Anglo-Norman mahaim (“mutilation"), from Old French mahaign (“bodily harm, loss of limb"), from Germanic, from Proto-Germanic *maidijanÄ… (“to cripple, injure") (compare Middle High German meidem, meiden 'gelding', Old Norse meiða 'to injure', Gothic 𐌼𐌰𐌹𐌳𐌾𐌰𐌽 maidjan 'to alter, falsify'), from Proto-Indo-European *mei (“to change"). More at mad. The original meaning referred to the crime of maiming, the other senses derived from this.