mad·​den·​ing | \ ˈmad-niŋ How to pronounce maddening (audio) , ˈma-dᵊn-iŋ \

Definition of maddening

1 : tending to craze
2a : tending to infuriate
b : tending to vex : irritating

Other Words from maddening

maddeningly \ ˈmad-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce maddening (audio) , ˈma-​dᵊn-​iŋ-​ \ adverb

Examples of maddening in a Sentence

He has a maddening habit of interrupting other people. She shows a maddening inability to control her children.
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First Known Use of maddening

circa 1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maddening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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mad·​den·​ing | \ ˈma-dᵊn-iŋ \

Kids Definition of maddening

: very annoying Her constant chatter is maddening.

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