American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Behaving or acting impulsively or rashly; wild.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who acts madly or wildly; a flighty or harebrained person; one who indulges in frolics.
- Pertaining to or resembling a madcap; wild; harum-scarum.
- adj. impulsive, hasty or reckless; capricious.
- n. An impulsive, hasty, capricious person.
- n. obsolete An insane person, a lunatic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Inclined to wild sports; delighting in rash, absurd, or dangerous amusements.
- adj. Wild; reckless.
- n. A person of wild behavior; an excitable, rash, violent person.
- adj. characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation
- n. a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
- 1580s, mad + cap (“head”), literally “crazy head”. Original literal sense “lunatic, crazy person”, now used figuratively. (Wiktionary)
- mad + cap1, head. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Aug. 3 Bloomberg -- Governor Zhou Xiaochuan said China's central bank will monitor U.S. efforts to tackle its debt as the official Chinese news agency criticized what it called the "madcap" brinksmanship of American lawmakers.”
“How much more so must it be to papa, though he likes you, and when you are near him would perhaps, in a fit of unworldliness, be almost as reckless as the creature he calls madcap and would rather call countess.”
“It referred to a "madcap farce of brinksmanship" before the agreement was reached.”
“a fit of unworldliness, be almost as reckless as the creature he calls madcap and would rather call countess.”
“If a story every deserved the word madcap, it is Steven Gould's 'Peaches for Mad Molly'.”
“The fool of whom Mr. Razumov had thought was the rich and festive student known as madcap Kostia.”
“So far more than $300 dollars has been raised for what Mr. Raymond refers to as a "madcap enterprise," towards a goal of $1,000.”
“So far more than $300 has been raised for what Mr. Raymond refers to as a "madcap enterprise," towards a goal of $1,000.”
“The overall tone is "madcap," which does fit the off-kilter medical emergency side of it.”
“And reading the description of this one, you realize that "madcap" and "insane" don't actually do justice to Millar.”
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