mad·ly | \ˈmad-lē \

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.

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Another screenwriter, Eric Haywood, joked about his next rom-com script, using a clip of Kermit the Frog madly typing. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Richard Pryor's daughter denies he slept with Marlon Brando," 8 Feb. 2018 The Sydney Morning Herald reports Victoria’s diary revealed a woman madly in love with her husband, which was somewhat taboo for a 19th-century woman. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Prince Louis' Christening Venue Has a Poignant Tie to Princess Diana. Here's What to Know About the Chapel Royal," 9 July 2018 There's no question about it: Diana loved being a mother — and her children miss her madly. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Princess Diana and Kate Middleton as Moms," 16 Apr. 2018 One minute 12-year-old Trudy Mixer is madly in love with Paul McCartney and having a wonderful time running a Beatles fan club with her best friend, Michelle. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: You Know She Should Be Glad," 22 June 2018 Ishihara plays one of the new hires, who's followed onto the ship by a young woman who's madly in love with him. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Foreign Discover the work of noted Japanese genre director Umetsugu Inoue," 30 May 2018 With the cutoff days away, companies near and far began madly submitting requests for credits ranging from $8,000 to $14 million. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Even Kentucky's film office can't justify losing millions to filmmakers," 17 May 2018 Most of all, don’t let society’s pressures to madly schedule your child’s every moment or coordinate daily play dates dictate your lives. K. Lori Hanson, Ph.d., miamiherald, "10 good reasons to celebrate your 'too sensitive' child | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 Pascal is a poacher, a handyman and, for Moll, a madly attractive potential lover. Justin Chang,, "Jessie Buckley flirts with danger in the tense, uneven British thriller 'Beast'," 10 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of madly

: to an extreme or excessive degree

: in a mad or insane way

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