maniacal

adjective ma·ni·a·cal \ mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl \
variants: or less commonly maniac play \ˈmā-nē-ˌak\
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of maniacal

1 : affected with or suggestive of madness
  • maniacal laughter
  • maniacal energy
  • a maniacal killer
2 : characterized by ungovernable excitement or frenzy : frantic
  • a maniacal mob
  • maniacal fans

maniacally

play \mə-ˈnī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of maniacal in a Sentence

  1. the movie's villain was a just a clichéd axe-wielding nutcase with a maniacal laugh

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First Known Use of maniacal

1526



Medical Dictionary

maniacal

adjective ma·ni·a·cal \ mə-ˈnī-ə-kəl \
variants: also maniac play \ˈmā-nē-ak\

medical Definition of maniacal

: manic

maniacally

play \mə-ˈnī-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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