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

Definition of madcap

: marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness

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Other Words from madcap

madcap noun

Examples of madcap in a Sentence

a madcap scheme to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel
Recent Examples on the Web But it’s the supporting cast that really creates this madcap social history. Dominic Green, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 And skeptics of the coup terminology also suggested that Trump's efforts were little more than madcap and incompetent political theater. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 While Shahidi’s character on the coming-of-age comedy Grown-ish, Zoey Johnson, still remains on a madcap quest to find herself, Keri says Yara has been driven since the womb. Lola Ogunnaike, Marie Claire, 12 Sep. 2021 Murphy had a similar madcap idea to commercialize traditional herbal liqueurs the way amaro makers have in Europe with products like Campari, Cynar, and Ramazzotti. Mark Johanson, Bon Appétit, 23 Sep. 2021 Underneath the dirty jokes, however, Packman possesses a madcap personality and a charismatic soul. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2021 Embracing the spirit of Old Comedy, Matt Walker, who adapted and directed this madcap update set in Malibu, encourages his troupe to pull out all the vaudevillian stops. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 The film was a flop on release, probably because its mix of bleak humor and Looney Tunes–style madcap action was too caustic for audiences. David Sims, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2021 Clare Peploe’s films as director are distinguished by an uncommon combination of madcap narrative intricacy, sophisticated battles of the sexes, picturesque locations and artistic self-consciousness. New York Times, 8 July 2021

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First Known Use of madcap

1591, in the meaning defined above

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“Madcap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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