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 He was summoned by Black Sabbath to be a steady antidote to their wild singer, Ozzy Osbourne, and could be counted on to play the role of onstage madman while preferring quiet days at home when off the road. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, 5 May 2022 Russia repeats history One more madman to usher in apocalypse? Jason Fields, The Week, 19 Apr. 2022 Nuclear arms built to ensure peace cloud our world and may, at the touch of some madman’s finger, destroy us. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 The number one target in the sights of this psychotic madman [Putin] was a comedian. Andy Hoglund,, 27 Feb. 2022 Auburn’s resident maniac was a madman down the stretch in road wins at Missouri and at Mississippi State this season. Tom Green |, al, 22 Mar. 2022 At the same time, look for any opportunity to de-escalate, maybe, against the odds, to talk the madman holding the baby off the ledge. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2022 Some say to ignore the madman who leads this congregation. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2022 The Autobiography of Rick James and Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Young Stalin, hipping skinfolk to the literary range of a graceful madman, to use his own word. Tirhakah Love, Vulture, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of madman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Madman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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

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: a man who is or acts as if insane

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