American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity: a maniacal frenzy.
- adj. Characterized by excessive enthusiasm or excitement: a maniacal interest in gambling.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to madness; marked by or manifesting mania; insane; mad: as, a maniacal tendency; maniacal ravings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Affected with, or characterized by, madness; maniac.
- adj. wildly disordered
- maniac + -al (Wiktionary)
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