Meaning of madding in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmadɪŋ/


  • 1Acting madly; frenzied.

    ‘observe the madding motion of his eyes’
    • ‘In the case of the 3G auctions, the mania induced them to jump in with the madding crowd and ignore risk-averse, time tested investment disciplines.’
    • ‘During the madding pace of the night, Father De La Cruz managed to slip into the hotel unnoticed.’
    • ‘Locations vary from those bang in the centre of towns, to rural retreats far from the madding office.’
    • ‘It's so, so hard to go against the grain, and so, so easy to join the madding crowd.’
    • ‘It's located in Concord, California, far from the madding chic of San Francisco, out in the sprawl of bedroom communities.’
    • ‘Welcome to Brian Head, a sweet, one-slope resort located far from the madding boarders and fur-fringed fashionistas.’
    • ‘Last year, the madding crowd salivated over the first glimpse of Lord of the Rings.’
    • ‘Being fed up with the madding crowd in one of the country's most populous cities, I wanted to get closer to nature.’
    • ‘There is a high plateau in Southern Tanzania called the Kitulo Plateau National Park and here high above the madding crowd is a secret sea of orchids.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best thing is that it hasn't yet turned into a really commercial touristy area, so you can still enjoy yourself without too many madding crowds.’
    • ‘In place of the ‘Far from the madding crowd’ stanza were four stanzas in which the poet counseled himself to leave off his struggle.’
    • ‘Windermere is England's longest lake so it is perhaps not surprising that along its 24 miles or so of shoreline there are plenty of gentle footpaths that will take you away from the madding tourist crowds.’
    • ‘Have you ever thought what it would be like to just relax quietly under the sun and at sea-no hustling or bustling, far away from the madding crowds in a casual attire and in clean air and just a small group of likeminded people as company?’
    • ‘Far away from the madding crowd, even the sylvan surroundings of Harappa, the earliest discovered site of the Indus civilisation, is not untouched by the cricket fever that has gripped the subcontinent.’
    • ‘‘What we offer is an experience of being far from the madding crowds though actually it is just a few minutes from the activity centres in the Capital,’ says Mr. Gupta.’
    • ‘What struck me was their attempt to maintain privacy even in the midst of the madding crowd,’ he explains.’
    • ‘So this year he decided to distance himself from the madding crowd on a tour of Scotland's Highlands and Islands, taking in the Woodend Barn in Banchory and Fusion in Orkney, among other exotic locations.’
    • ‘Depending upon how you feel about madding crowds, here you're either far from them all or you may find yourself a little crowd-deprived.’
    • ‘You may take a brief vacation away from the madding crowd and commune with close family and friends or walk into a festive crowd to enjoy some party fun and frolic.’
    • ‘And by the way, she should have kept well away from the madding crowd - especially that reporter with a towel wrapped round his head.’
  • 2Maddening.

    ‘o thou cruel of heart, thou madding worker of anguish’
    • ‘Really, one must either laugh or cry or run far from this madding mess.’
    • ‘Because her poems are not strained or contrived they are devoid of the madding pursuit of the intellect or craft, which kills many of our modern poets and their poetry.’


    far from the madding crowd
    • Used in reference to a private or secluded place.

      ‘set out for the picturesque rural resort and spend a day or two far from the madding crowd’
      • ‘But for six weeks prior to the race, they'd secluded themselves, far from the madding crowd, to train in southern Tasmania.’
      • ‘This is a sport llama - a creature descended from noble Chilean stock that shuns affection: it is happiest standing alone on a windswept rocky outcrop on the roof of the world, far from the madding crowd.’
      • ‘Islay really is far from the madding crowd, but thousands of visitors do arrive between October and April, when flocks of migrating black and white Barnacle geese stop off at the RSPB nature reserve on Loch Gruinart.’
      • ‘It really is far from the madding crowd, the surrounding palm trees do sway, murmur and rustle, and barn owls hoot softly into the night.’
      • ‘The oasis is far from the madding crowd, but has neither phone nor electricity, not even a teashop.’
      • ‘My wife and I have been away for a couple of days, far from the madding crowd.’
      • ‘For a long weekend in winter, far from the madding crowd, I can't think of anywhere better.’
      • ‘By the end of the film, the romantic quest for truth proves to be nothing more than the common, hum-drum longing for private happiness and security - in a house by the sea, far from the madding crowd.’
      • ‘Handily located just metres from the motorway, nevertheless, Acacia Restaurant and the adjoining lounge bar are so positioned to seem far from the madding crowd.’
      • ‘We would protect the trees and create a haven far from the madding crowd.’


      From Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard, by the English poet Thomas Gray (1716–71); also the title of one of Thomas Hardy's novels.