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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But don’t be fooled: Frost is more than the sum of his madcap fashion parts. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kerwin Frost, Fashion’s Funniest Man, Has Serious Street Style," 18 Jan. 2019 Everyone should experience the delight of where Astro Bot’s madcap creativity goes for themselves. Sam Byford, The Verge, "PlayStation VR has had a quietly awesome year," 20 Dec. 2018 Only a show as madcap and exciting as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend could be trusted to pull them all off. Constance Grady, Vox, "How Crazy Ex-Girlfriend pulled off recasting Greg, one of its biggest characters," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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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