mad·​cap | \ˈmad-ˌkap \

Definition of madcap 

: marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness

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Examples of madcap in a Sentence

a madcap scheme to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel

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Sure, Indiana Jones’ madcap adventures included some gory moments—see the face-melting of Agent Toht. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Shadow of the Tomb Raider review: Fighting for my life and loving it," 10 Sep. 2018 Comedy involving sympathetic werewolf, vampire, ancient Egyptian princess brought to life, lonely British Lord named Edgar, his new wife, her snooty maid and other macabre and madcap characters. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 9-15," 9 July 2018 An American Airlines passenger whose madcap dash up the center aisle set off a brawl just before touch-down in Charlotte has agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. Michael Gordon, charlotteobserver, "Duct-taped American Airlines passenger bit attendant. She'll plead guilty to assault. | Charlotte Observer," 11 May 2018 In the first movement, Mr. Pierson made sure players articulated each madcap twist of rhythm not just with precision, but with a sense of glee. Seth Colter Walls, New York Times, "Review: Ligeti Sounded Thrilling, When Alarm Will Sound Was Let Loose," 18 Mar. 2018 The movie’s sense of moment-to-moment chaos — madcap scenes of bellowing, falling, tumbling and general agitating — is scarcely accidental. Justin Chang,, "Terry Gilliam gets his long-overdue moment with ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’ at Cannes," 20 May 2018 When the infant escapes from the less-than-doting Edna, the ride becomes a madcap race by the Incredibles to capture Jack-Jack. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Surely the 30 minutes to come will more closely resemble the madcap first five minutes of the game than the sometimes sloppy next 85. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Advance Movie Screening for the Family," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of madcap

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of madcap was in 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of madcap

: very foolish or silly


mad·​cap | \ˈmad-ˌkap \

Kids Definition of madcap

: reckless, wild a madcap adventure

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