madding

adjective
mad·​ding | \ˈma-diŋ \

Definition of madding 

: 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

First Known Use of madding

1579, in the meaning defined above

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