mad·​man | \ ˈmad-ˌman How to pronounce madman (audio) , -mən \

Definition of madman

: a man who is or acts as if insane

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a celebrity being stalked by a madman as far as I'm concerned, anyone who likes skydiving is a madman
Recent Examples on the Web Within 30 seconds, the crowd is airborne and Fisher is mugging like a madman. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 60 Greatest Dance Songs of the Decade: Staff List," 26 Nov. 2019 But Kanter crashes the boards like a madman and plays with energy and excitement. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, "NBA preview: 25 most interesting players for the 2019-20 season," 15 Oct. 2019 Legrand Forget about running around the house like a madman, turning off all the lights. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Here’s a smarter way to save money and energy in your home," 21 Jan. 2020 One of his biggest supporters is Kobe Bryant, who never stopped working — like a madman — in his NBA career and didn’t care much for pretenders. Bruce Jenkins,, "Warriors brace for the Giannis Antetokounmpo show," 7 Jan. 2020 Chase Winovich has been as advertised — a high-motor madman who is relentless in pursuit., "Patriots are well-armed for tough stretch run," 11 Nov. 2019 There might not have been any machete-wielding madmen or bloody puppet cats during the theme to Horsin' Around, the sitcom-within-a-sitcom that launched BoJack to fame. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "Say Goodbye to 'BoJack Horseman' With Its 10 Greatest Songs," 23 Oct. 2019 Possessing an incredible engine, the Brazilian zoomed around the pitch like madman against Liverpool and his energy will be vital is Carlo Ancelotti's side are to progress in the competition., "Champions League: Picking a Combined XI From Teams in Group E," 18 Sep. 2019 The Silence of the Lambs (1991) Jodie Foster stars as a young F.B.I. cadet who seeks the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer (Anthony Hopkins) to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Horror movies & TV you can stream on Amazon, HBO, Hulu and Netflix right now," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of madman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Madman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of madman

: a man who has severe mental illness : an insane man
informal : a man who acts in a wild and uncontrolled way


mad·​man | \ ˈmad-ˌman How to pronounce madman (audio) , -mən \
plural madmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of madman

: a man who is or acts as if insane


mad·​man | \ ˈmad-ˌman, -mən How to pronounce madman (audio) \

Medical Definition of madman

: a man who is or acts as if insane

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