Meaning of madman in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmadmən/

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nounplural noun madmen

  • 1A man who is mentally ill.

    ‘We need to get away from the idea that the only people bound by demons are mentally deranged madmen.’
    • ‘It was like engaging with the texts of a madman in a mental institution.’
    • ‘By now, everyone along the wide corridor was chucking very hurtful comments at me, all laughing like madmen or madwomen.’
    • ‘He was also in his time dismissed as a crank and a madman.’
    • ‘Whether it changed an otherwise sensible (well, half-sensible) man into a madman, or whether it just brought out the real madman that was hidden there all along, who knows?’
    • ‘Like its predecessors, Killing Time opens with a hard-boiled New York-based psychologist hunting down a madman.’
    • ‘He's a psychotic madman, unlike any that has been seen on film before.’
    • ‘Another Year Five pupil disagreed with the laws, and said: ‘In this world there are serial killers, madmen, and lots of other lunatics.’’
    • ‘The colossal irony is that a madman who rescued her from her folly was the same madman who later killed her.’
    • ‘Band members were flailing around like puppets under the control of a madman.’
    • ‘He has often been characterised as a madman or Satanic genius.’
    • ‘According to Le Carré and Boorman today we really are in the hands of fools and madmen.’
    • ‘He made the sizeable audience laugh with his wit and the rise and fall of his tone which he used to liven up the character Adam Avatar - a madman who is close to 50 and believes that he will die at the hands of his nemesis.’
    • ‘I started walking as quickly as possible away from the madman but he was coming after me faster than I was walking away.’
    • ‘Herzog gradually becomes the very fictional character his movie is about, an obsessed madman determined to drag a riverboat over a mountain. - RK’
    • ‘Three days later, Gawain and I answered the door to a newly lip-pierced individual who was grinning like a madman.’
    • ‘Roffis was courageous, and decided to take a chance with the eccentric designer, already known as the madman.’
    • ‘The one character left with any topical resonance is Teddy: a madman who believes he is president of the United States and orders troops into action against an invented enemy.’
    • ‘We're basically chasing a madman who wants to control time.’
    • ‘During his junior year at Harvard, in 2001, Ross Douthat was taking a final exam with 200 fellow students when a madman burst into the room.’
    1. 1.1An extremely foolish or reckless person.
      ‘car got out of control—some madman going too fast’
      • ‘If you argue with a madman, it is extremely probable that you will get the worst of it; for in many ways his mind moves all the quicker for not being delayed by the things that go with good judgment.’
      • ‘Except for the maddening crowds at every store, and except for the idiots at Roosevelt Field mall and except for the madmen on the road today, it was a stellar day.’
      • ‘He and his passengers were nearly wiped out a couple of times by the driver he referred to as a madman.’
      • ‘The woman started up the engine and drove like a madman… pardon me… I meant madwoman to the marionettes hotel.’
      lunatic, maniac, psychotic, psychopath, schizophrenic
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    2. 1.2Used in similes to refer to a person who does something very fast, intensely, or violently.
      ‘I was working like a madman’
      • ‘Though his injuries were always an obstacle in his training, as soon as Dekkers was well, he was back in the gym, working like a madman on the heavy bag, doing the repetitions necessary to develop his power.’
      • ‘After seeing the movie, and discovering that the tournament was moving to Brooklyn, I started practicing like a madman, downloading hundreds of old puzzles and buying up a bunch of books.’


Middle English from mad + man.