mad·​cap ˈmad-ˌkap How to pronounce madcap (audio)
: marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness
madcap noun

Example Sentences

a madcap scheme to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of madcap was in 1591

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“Madcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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mad·​cap ˈmad-ˌkap How to pronounce madcap (audio)
madcap noun

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