ma·​ni·​ac | \ ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce maniac (audio) \

Definition of maniac

2 : a person characterized by an inordinate or ungovernable enthusiasm for something

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Examples of maniac in a Sentence

He's a complete maniac when he's playing football. they should permanently put away the maniac who is responsible for these kidnappings

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Kirby has recruiting like a maniac and spent the money to prove it. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Bo Nix is a liability; So are Alabama linebackers," 29 Aug. 2019 Some maniac is arguing with a ghost, and the ghost seems to be winning. David Bradley Isenberg Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "Possible Explanations for Why Your Subway Car Is Empty," 16 Aug. 2019 In the comics, Kasady bonds with a symbiote of his own to become the notorious big bad Carnage, a homicidal maniac who frequently faces off against Venom. Devan Coggan,, "Andy Serkis to direct Tom Hardy in Venom sequel," 5 Aug. 2019 Unhinged athletes crowd the field and race around like maniacs, ignoring the rules and generally doing whatever they damn please. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "These Chaotic Games Are a Referee's Worst Nightmare," 31 July 2019 But for fruit nerds, mango maniacs, or just tourists in search of a sweet and quiet paradise, Nevis holds special charm. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "This Tiny Caribbean Island Grows 44 Kinds of Mangoes," 28 July 2019 History largely remembers Tate as one thing, the pretty, promising victim of a brutal murder ordered by a maniac. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Quentin Tarantino juggles glamour and gore in the compelling ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’," 23 July 2019 No longer masquerading as a cryptic hero, Beck establishes himself to the audience as a manipulative maniac. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "In ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home,’ Jake Gyllenhaal leans into his penchant for peculiarity," 8 July 2019 Then puree the whole thing like some kind of maniac, season with a splash of vinegar (sherry, rice wine or cider), garnish with a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and BLAMMO! James P. Dewan, Twin Cities, "Dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of maniac

circa 1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for maniac

Late Latin maniacus maniacal, from Greek maniakos, from mania

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English Language Learners Definition of maniac

: someone who is violent and mentally ill
informal : a person who behaves in a very wild way
informal : a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something


ma·​ni·​ac | \ ˈmā-nē-ˌak How to pronounce maniac (audio) \

Kids Definition of maniac

1 : a person who is or behaves as if insane
2 : a person who is extremely enthusiastic about something

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