from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Quite mad; -- raving crazy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mad with rage at having been made a cuckold. See horn, 4 .


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Proud and vainglorious persons are certainly mad; and so are [764] lascivious; I can feel their pulses beat hither; horn-mad some of them, to let others lie with their wives, and wink at it.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Though what I am I cannot avoid, yet to be what I would not, shall not make me tame: if I have horns to make me mad, let the proverb go with me; I’ll be horn-mad.

    Act III. Scene V. The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • If this should ever happen, thou wouldst be horn-mad.

    Act I. Scene I. Much Ado about Nothing

  • I am glad he went not in himself: if he had found the young man, he would have been horn-mad.

    Act I. Scene IV. The Merry Wives of Windsor

  • In the eyes of the excellent Rogers I am horn-mad.

    Simon the Jester

  • "Well, I tell ye fairly, I'm horn-mad," cries Stewart.

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • Was it fair to me? was it fair to Miss Grant that counselled you to go, and would be driven fair horn-mad if she could hear of it?

    David Balfour, a sequel to Kidnapped.

  • In the same letter in which Walpole had referred to _Miss Lucy in Town_, he had spoken of the success of a new player at Goodman's Fields, after whom all the town, in Gray's phrase, was "horn-mad;" but in whose acting Mr. Walpole, with a critical distrust of novelty, saw nothing particularly wonderful.


  • Dr. of Eph. Why, mistress, sure my master is horn-mad.

    Comedy of Errors

  • Chute, says, "Did I tell you about Mr. Garrick, that the town are horn-mad after: there are a dozen dukes of a night at Goodman-fields sometimes; and vet I am stiff in the opposition."

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 1


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.