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Mad appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Oh, the sadness of her sadness when she's sad.
    Oh, the gladness of her gladness when she's glad.
    But the sadness of her sadness,
    and the gladness of her gladness,
    are nothing like her madness when she's mad!

Mad appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • mad Adam
  • Mad at Adam?
  • Dammit, I'm mad!
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective mad:


Mad is sometimes a misspelling of made or mud.

The word mad is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective mad

What does mad mean as an attribute of a noun?

Mad is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: madder | maddest

  1. roused to anger
    • examples: she gets mad when you wake her up so early | mad at his friend
    • usage: colloquialism
    • synonyms of mad: huffy / sore
    • similar: angry
  2. affected with madness or insanity
  3. marked by uncontrolled excitement or emotion
  4. very foolish
    • example: a completely mad scheme to build a bridge between two mountains
    • synonyms of mad: harebrained / insane
    • similar: foolish

Alternative definition of the adjective mad


  1. Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
  2. [chiefly US; UK dated + regional] Angry, annoyed.
  3. Wildly confused or excited.
  4. Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
  5. [colloquial, usually with for or about] Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.
  6. [context: of animals] abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.
  7. [slang, chiefly Northeastern US] Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; much or many.

Definition of the adverb mad

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  1. [slang, chiefly New York] Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably.

Definition of the verb mad

What does mad mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: madded, madding

  1. [context: now colloquial US] To madden, to anger, to frustrate.

Phrases with Mad

Phrases starting with the word Mad:

  1. Mad cow
  2. mad apple
  3. Mad Money
  4. Mad For It
  5. mad-dog weed
  6. Mad As a Fish
  7. Mad Scientist
  8. Mad As a Hatter
  9. mad cow disease
  10. Mad Dog Skullcap
  11. mad-dog skullcap
  12. mad anthony wayne
  13. Mad As a Cut Snake
  14. Mad As a March Hare

Phrases ending with the word Mad:

  1. Go Mad
  2. like mad
  3. raving mad
  4. Barking Mad
  5. Hopping Mad
  6. Stark Raving Mad

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Mad

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Google previewThe Fragmentation of the Proper Name and the Crisis of Degree (2004)

Deconstructing King Lear by Radhouan Ben Amara

Being mad means here being different, a mode of being different, of being other, a seemingly negative self-definition that is actually positive. Negation is here a structural concept of reflection, an index of determining thought, characteristic of ...

Google previewBible Freaks and Geeks (2007)

by Ed Strauss

insane and cnazg David the Madman The word mad means crazy, so a. FUN FACT. 0.

Google previewA critical pronouncing dictionary, and expositor of the English language... (1803)

To which are prefixed, principles of English pronunciation... by John Walker

M A C MAD (559).— Fate, fir, fall, MACAROONE, mak-a-r66n'. s. A coarse, rude, low fellow, whence Macaronick poetry ; a kind of sweet biscuit, made of flour, almonds, eggs, and sugar. Macaw-tree, ma-kaw'trfe s. A species of the palm-tree.

Google previewEnglish-Konkani Dictionary (1883)

by Angelus Francis Xavier Maffei

Mad, a. piso, e.g. man or dog; motirnatullo = /. not in (one's) mind.

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Quotes about Mad

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog fewer when pursued by a mad woman only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion. (Robertson Davies)
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Scrabble value of M3A1D2

The value of this 3-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of MAD

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