American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a crazy way; insanely.
- adv. In a wild manner; frantically.
- adv. In a foolish manner; rashly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a mad manner. Without reason or understanding.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a mad manner; without reason or understanding; wildly.
- adv. In a desperate manner.
- adv. intensely.
- adv. in an uncontrolled manner
- adv. in an insane manner
- adv. (used as intensives) extremely
- mad + -ly (Wiktionary)
“They're tweeting madly from the negotiation (technically called the 18th session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights) publishing editorials on the Huffington Post, etc.”
“Apparently, likelihood stray airborne microorganisms finding free food and reproducing madly is pretty small.”
“In Nano one is more likely to plunge again madly to keep up with the word count.”
“The bell still clanged madly from the steeple, and the vibrations seemed to shake the very flesh of the trembling children as they clung to their mother's hands and tried to keep up with their father's rapid strides.”
“And is" -- she struggled at the word madly -- "is she pure?”
“I ran away as soon as I could move; I ran madly from the house.”
“On the contrary "-- he heard, as if somebody else had perpetrated it, the horrible repetition --" I mean to say -- "His brain fought for another phrase madly and in vain.”
“The impotence of will and rationality to deal with this mania is recognized in the common terms madly, wildly, deliriously, head-over-heels in love, since it would be oxymoronic to claim to be gently, reliably or sensibly in love.”
“So am I insane if I feel like I would be perfectly content to let some nice librarian in Little Rock call madly all over New York for the book I just finished?”
“Or would they just pathetically overlook everything done in our American names to Iraqis, Afghanis, and others, calling madly for the heads of the captors, not even thinking about the irony of such a statement?”
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