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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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 During the filming of the beloved classic, Hepburn and Holden had a secret Hollywood affair and fell madly in love with one another. Morgan Evans, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Timeline of Audrey Hepburn's Hollywood Love Stories," 16 June 2017 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

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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 a clumsy heavy tread

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