maddening

adjective
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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Life may be brutal, but Lawson proves that even a maddening battle with an insurance company can be fertile ground for comedy. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 My hysterical, maddening and brilliant 15-year-old, Jack? Jim Gaffigan, CBS News, 2 May 2021 The technique makes the film seem more personal, which also means more maddening, because these people are weasels. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 The technique makes the film seem more personal, which also means more maddening, because these people are weasels. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, 19 Mar. 2021 In addition, Turner’s feet have a maddening tendency to narrow, enabling adjacent blockers to knock him off balance on angle blocks. John Owning, Dallas News, 21 Apr. 2021 But the committed and adoring, the fighters and dreamers, the mad and maddening, remain tied to this Wild West outpost. Erica Sandberg, National Review, 1 Apr. 2021 Nothing is more maddening than the (seemingly) sure two traded for the high-degree-of-difficulty three. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 23 Mar. 2021 What made this even more maddening is that Okerblom had been through it before. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of maddening

circa 1743, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of maddening was circa 1743

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“Maddening.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maddening. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for maddening

maddening

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of maddening

: very annoying

maddening

adjective
mad·​den·​ing | \ ˈma-dᵊn-iŋ \

Kids Definition of maddening

: very annoying Her constant chatter is maddening.

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