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.

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When your parents are madly in love for 45 years, your standards are really high. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Winona Ryder and Her Boyfriend, Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Are Low-Key Couple Goals," 28 May 2019 Gaga recently called off her engagement to Christian Carino, and fans are convinced Gaga and Cooper have fallen madly in love. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" Performance at the Oscars Just Broke the Internet," 25 Feb. 2019 In addition to being madly in love and building a sweet family, Nadal and Miranda also casually adopted a stray puppy from the Dominican Republic. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Vanessa Nadal, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Wife, Was Once His High School Crush," 24 Feb. 2019 About a couple who are madly, passionately in love. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 12 Recap: 5 Biggest Takeaways," 21 Jan. 2019 The Rockets’ idea of a really terrific play is to leave the ball in the hands of Harden, dribbling madly away, until about five seconds remain on the shot clock and it’s desperation time. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors, Celtics: It feels like a collision course," 15 May 2018 It’s no surprise to any of us that Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are madly in love. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber Shared His Pet Name for Hailey Baldwin on Instagram," 10 Nov. 2018 In short: limited health and tight corridors combine to make Firewall a hard game to run madly through. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Feel better about your PlayStation VR with sweet new games Astro Bot, Firewall," 11 Oct. 2018 The narrator is 40-year-old Kathy, who is, in the summer of 2017, feeling raw about falling madly in love. Deborah Levy, WSJ, "Five Best: Deborah Levy on Books That Open the Mind," 26 July 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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