mad·​ly | \ ˈmad-lē How to pronounce madly (audio) \

Definition of madly

1 : in a mad manner
2 : to an extreme or excessive degree madly in love

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Examples of madly in a Sentence

He told her that he loved her madly. She fell madly in love with him.
Recent Examples on the Web The result: Today's pantries are truly, madly, deeply richer and fuller than 30, 20, even 10 years ago. Star Tribune, "Pantries and cooks have evolved as both become more diverse and well-rounded," 3 Feb. 2021 On campus at North Dakota State University, one of their episodes followed a friend who eluded police after madly spinning doughnuts in a shifter kart. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "With throttles wide open, small-town "CBoys" achieve YouTube stardom," 28 Jan. 2021 According to the source, not only is Gaga madly in love with her entrepreneur beau, but her close family and friends highly approve of him as well. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga and Michael Polansky Are So in Love, but They're Not Getting Engaged Just Yet," 27 Jan. 2021 But the era of madly scrubbing surfaces is ending as those same experts suggest the effort does little to mitigate the virus threat. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: Detroit cancels downtown Thanksgiving parade; universities urge students not to go home for holidays," 19 Nov. 2020 Haot did not start Launcher in March 2017 with the intent of madly racing toward the launch pad as quickly as possible, as Elon Musk had done with SpaceX and other companies were trying to do. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Meet Launcher, the rocket engine builder with just eight employees," 9 Nov. 2020 Thomas Rowe fell madly in love with Spanish opera singer Lucinda while in London, but her parents forbade their relationship, leaving the lovebirds heartbroken. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "13 Most Haunted Hotels in America You Can Actually Stay In," 8 Sep. 2020 Girl postpones moving plans a bit, spending an additional two months with boy, who continues to fall madly in love with girl. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: She moves him, but she’s also moving herself to New York," 3 Sep. 2020 Adults have been madly embracing things like Calm, Peloton, Mirror, and Masterclass to help with this very issue. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Can technology make kids more self-sufficient?," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of madly

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of madly was in the 13th century

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17 Feb 2021

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“Madly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of madly

: to an extreme or excessive degree
: in a mad or insane way

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