madwoman


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mad·wom·an

 (măd′wo͝om′ən)
n.
1. A woman who is mentally deranged.
2. A woman who behaves in a violently destructive way: a madwoman who stabbed several people on a bus.
3. A woman who behaves in an energetic, uncontrolled way: a madwoman on the drums; is a madwoman when driving during rush-hour traffic.

madwoman

(ˈmædwʊmən)
n, pl -women
a woman who is insane, esp one who behaves violently; lunatic

mad•wo•man

(ˈmædˌwʊm ən)

n., pl. -wom•en.
a woman who is or appears to be insane.
[1400–50]
usage: See -woman.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madwoman - a woman lunaticmadwoman - a woman lunatic      
lunatic, madman, maniac - an insane person
Translations
norica

madwoman

[ˈmædwʊmən] N (madwomen (pl)) → loca f

madwoman

[ˈmædwʊmən] nfolle f, hystérique f

madwoman

nVerrückte f

madwoman

[ˈmædˌwʊmən] n (-women (pl)) → pazza, folle f
References in classic literature ?
Her mother, the Creole, was both a madwoman and a drunkard
Gummidge in the background, clapping her hands like a madwoman.
I sat where Richard put me, and tried to listen, and looked about me; but there seemed to be no reality in the whole scene except poor little Miss Flite, the madwoman, standing on a bench and nodding at it.
Come, now, old madwoman," began the commander again, "do not lie.
She was almost like a madwoman, with excitement and ecstasy, whenever I came.
Before she could add another word, Lady Montbarry sprang from the sofa with the stealthy suddenness of a cat--seized her by both shoulders-- and shook her with the strength and frenzy of a madwoman.
The servants had better be warned beforehand, in case of this adventuress or madwoman, whichever she may be, attempting to make her way into the house.
In other words," Lady Janet remarked, "a madwoman is in my house, and I am expected to receive her
He referred her to Count Fosco's letter, and to what she had herself told him of the personal resemblance between Anne and his deceased niece, and he positively declined to admit to his presence, even for one minute only, a madwoman, whom it was an insult and an outrage to have brought into his house at all.
I screamed like a madwoman 'someone save my husband', but not one lifeguard or janitor was around," she said.
Top chick lit WITH a subtitle like My Year Of Raging Hormones, you just know new book The Madwoman In The Volvo is going to be a must read.