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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The signing caps a madcap week for Brown, who was released after a short but tumultuous tenure in Oakland., "Antonio Brown’s locker awaits near Tom Brady’s - The Boston Globe," 10 Sep. 2019 However, a madcap final quarter of an hour saw the Sounders win by the odd goal in seven., "LA Galaxy to Hold 'Lakers Night' in Tribute to Decorated History of the LA Lakers," 7 Sep. 2019 There are cameos from Clarence Darrow, Capone and some of the other famous people who helped define this madcap American era. Rick Kogan,, "Karen Abbott brings George Remus to life in new book," 1 Aug. 2019 The trailer teases a madcap dive into the world's financial underbelly. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "In The Laundromat, Meryl Streep Uncovers Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas's Dirty Dealings," 29 Aug. 2019 His madcap idea to withdraw banknotes from circulation in 2016 was anything but orthodox. The Economist, "Why investors favour economically orthodox political strongmen," 27 July 2019 The sale starts in the early morning at Ditch Plains and ends at sunset with a terrific vintage runway show of sorts—all kinds of local, madcap characters get involved. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Vogue’s Official Guide to the Hamptons," 3 July 2019 Then there’s that madcap trio of supposedly scary bad guys tasked with tracking down Deloris. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Broadway by the Bay’s ‘Sister Act’ full of nostalgia, terrific acting," 16 Aug. 2019 McMahan also showed off an intriguing look at the Cerritos’ holodeck: This being an animated comedy series, that holodeck will presumably be the site of many a madcap adventure. Tyler Aquilina,, "Star Trek animated series from Rick and Morty writer reveals first images, voice cast," 20 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce madcap (audio) \

Kids Definition of madcap

: reckless, wild a madcap adventure

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