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

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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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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14 Oct 2020

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“Madcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of madcap

: very foolish or silly


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

Kids Definition of madcap

: reckless, wild a madcap adventure

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