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 Bregman pimped it madly, carrying his bat all the way down to first base, admiring his majestic shot., "The momentum shifted quickly in the bottom of the inning as the relentless Astros ripped into Stephen Strasburg.," 30 Oct. 2019 Besides, these provocative, progressive, madly modern shows are already tearing the roof off the place. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ‘The Plot’ at Yale Rep is a blistering but funny drama about death and business," 10 Dec. 2019 Together this couple, madly in love set off on an adventure together., "Joan Helen Conlon," 24 Nov. 2019 The pendulum began to swing madly: The trauma of the Bush years begat the Obama presidency; the radicalism of the Obama presidency begat Trump; the radicalism of Trump (which is not, for the most part, a matter of policy) begat . . . Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Radicalism Arms Race," 29 Sep. 2019 But only months after her death, Wilson would fall madly in love with widow Edith Bolling. CBS News, "The passions of Woodrow Wilson," 8 Sep. 2013 Sadly, Dunkleman is madly in love with Jodi, who dismisses him as too short to date. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "The premise of ‘Tall Girl’ was widely mocked. The actual movie doesn’t help matters.," 13 Sep. 2019 Its whirlwind demo included the hero Ori running and leaping madly away from screen-filling beasts: a spider, an owl, a wolf, a snake, and an eagle. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Xbox at E3: Halo Infinite leads massive first-party deluge of Xbox, PC games," 10 June 2019 Instead, Holmes, 40. became world famous for falling madly in love with mega-movie star Tom Cruise, 57, in 2005. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "From Tom Cruise to Jamie Foxx: Katie Holmes and the hazards of charismatic men," 21 Aug. 2019

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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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6 Jan 2020

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“Madly.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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