madding

adjective

mad·​ding ˈma-diŋ How to pronounce madding (audio)
: acting in a frenzied manner
usually used in the phrase madding crowd to denote especially the crowded world of human activity and strife
built his home far from the madding crowd

Word History

First Known Use

1579, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of madding was in 1579

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“Madding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madding. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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