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madding

adjective

Definition of madding

  1. :  acting in a frenzied manner —usually used in the phrase madding crowd to denote especially the crowded world of human activity and strife <built his home far from the madding crowd>



1579

First Known Use of madding

1579

Rhymes with madding


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