madman

noun
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 After escaping from a serial killer, a doctor helps police and a forensic psychologist track the madman. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: James Dean in ‘Giant’ on TCM and more," 2 Apr. 2021 In 1980, near the end of another dispiriting meeting between Pexton representatives and the local people, the village madman interrupts the proceedings. Washington Post, "In ‘How Beautiful We Were,’ an African village goes up against an American oil company," 16 Mar. 2021 All the gore of dozens of people killed and wounded by a madman with a high-powered rifle. David E. Carpenter, Forbes, "As More People Turn To Psychedelics, Integration Proves A Crucial Factor For Breakthroughs," 21 Mar. 2021 Two people discover that a TV commercial will cue a madman’s Halloween masks to explode. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 But just as the meeting concludes, Konga, the village madman, bursts in. New York Times, "Imbolo Mbue’s ‘How Beautiful We Were’ Exposes the Human Cost of Capital," 8 Mar. 2021 Each of them — Thula, Bongo, Sahel, Yaya, Juba — narrates a decadeslong story of resistance and revolt against Pexton, beginning with a bizarre, vengeful act set in motion by the village madman Kongo. Angela Ajayi, Star Tribune, "Review: 'How Beautiful We Were,' by Imbolo Mbue," 5 Mar. 2021 After escaping from a serial killer, a doctor helps police and a forensic psychologist track the madman. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘Gandhi’; ‘Forrest Gump’ and more," 26 Feb. 2021 To reason with these would be a waste of words, just as much as would be the attempt to persuade a madman out of his delusion. Dan Schlenoff, Scientific American, "50, 100 & 150 Years Ago: December 2020," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of madman

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Madman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/madman. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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madman

noun

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

madman

noun
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

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