madcap

adjective

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

Examples of madcap in a Sentence

a madcap scheme to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
Recent Examples on the Web Image Both the writer and executive producer are 50-something Generation Xers whose nostalgia for the more freewheeling bubble years of their youth permeates the ditsy comedic drama, whose characters occasionally break into madcap musical numbers. Kiuko Notoya, New York Times, 29 May 2024 But he was also born as a kid-TV hero, and while revisionism in IP is all well and good, the Doctor also needs to be a madcap adventurer, fun for all ages. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2024 The audience is another asset, per Redmayne, who has traded the Emcee’s madcap wardrobe—a dingy tank top and leather shorts; a crazy clown costume; a terrifyingly severe three-piece suit—for an off-the-shoulder top and black trousers. Marley Marius, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2024 Burton’s assured direction and distinctly peculiar visual sensibilities perfectly embody the madcap style of Pee-Wee’s picaresque tale. Chris Snellgrove, EW.com, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for madcap 

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of madcap was in 1591

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“Madcap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madcap. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

madcap

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

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