Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. In a crazy way; insanely.
  • adv. In a wild manner; frantically.
  • adv. In a foolish manner; rashly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a mad manner; without reason or understanding; wildly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a mad manner; without reason or understanding; wildly.
  • adv. In a desperate manner.
  • adv. intensely.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a mad manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an uncontrolled manner
  • adv. in an insane manner
  • adv. (used as intensives) extremely

Etymologies

mad +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    Boing Boing

  • Apparently, likelihood stray airborne microorganisms finding free food and reproducing madly is pretty small.

    The Great Butter vs. Margarine “Rot-off”

  • In Nano one is more likely to plunge again madly to keep up with the word count.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • 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.

    The Belgian Twins

  • "And is" -- she struggled at the word madly -- "is she pure?"

    The Quest of the Silver Fleece A Novel

  • "I ran away as soon as I could move; I ran madly from the house."

    The Filigree Ball

  • 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.

    Mr. Waddington of Wyck

  • 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.

    First Comes Marriage

  • 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?

    Rookie agents

  • 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?

    Firedoglake » Late Nite FDL: There’s Someone Here to See You, Dr. Frist

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