mad·​den ˈma-dᵊn How to pronounce madden (audio)
maddened; maddening ˈmad-niŋ How to pronounce madden (audio)

intransitive verb

: to become or act as if mad

transitive verb

: to drive mad : craze
: to make intensely angry : enrage

Examples of madden in a Sentence

the endless swarms of mosquitoes all but maddened the explorers her perpetual tardiness maddened her friends to no end
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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of madden was in 1704

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“Madden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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mad·​den ˈmad-ᵊn How to pronounce madden (audio)
: to make mad : enrage

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