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mad

 (măd)
adj. mad·der, mad·dest
1. Angry; resentful: was mad about the broken vase. See Synonyms at angry.
2.
a. Mentally deranged: "afflicted with hypochondria, depression, and fear of going mad" (Carla Cantor).
b. Characteristic of mental derangement: mad laughter.
c. Temporarily or apparently deranged by violent sensations, emotions, or ideas: was mad with jealousy.
3.
a. Lacking restraint or reason; foolish: I was mad to have hired her in the first place.
b. Feeling or showing strong liking or enthusiasm: mad about sports.
c. Marked by a lack of restraint, especially by extreme excitement, confusion, or agitation: a mad scramble for the bus.
4. Exhibiting uncharacteristic aggressiveness, especially as a result of rabies, spongiform encephalopathy, or another neurological disease. Used of animals: a mad dog; a mad cow.
5. Slang
a. Excellent; wonderful: It's really mad that they can come.
b. Abundant; great: mad respect.
tr. & intr.v. mad·ded, mad·ding, mads
To make or become mad; madden.
adv. Slang
Extremely; very: This place is mad cool.
Idioms:
like mad Informal
1. Wildly; impetuously: drove like mad.
2. To an intense degree or great extent: worked like mad; snowing like mad.
mad as a hatter/March hare
Crazy; mentally deranged.

[Middle English, mentally deranged, rabid, angry, from Old English gemǣdde, past participle of *gemǣdan, to derange mentally, madden, from gemād, mentally deranged; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

mad′dish adj.

MAD

 (măd)
abbr.
mutually assured destruction
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.like mad - with great speed or effort or intensity; "drove like crazy"; "worked like hell to get the job done"; "ran like sin for the storm cellar"; "work like thunder"; "fought like the devil"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
Translations
كالمَجْنون
jako blázen
eszeveszetten
eins og óîur
ako blázon
delicesinedeliler gibi

mad

(mӕd) adjective
1. mentally disturbed or insane. Ophelia went mad; You must be mad.
2. (sometimes with at or with) very angry. She was mad at me for losing my keys.
3. (with about) having a great liking or desire for. I'm just mad about Harry.
ˈmadly adverb
ˈmadness noun
ˈmadden verb
to make mad or very angry. The animal was maddened by the pain.
ˈmaddening adjective
likely to cause anger. maddening delays.
ˈmaddeningly adverb
ˈmadmanplural ˈmadmen: feminine ˈmadwoman plural ˈmadwomen noun
a person who is insane. He drove/fought like a madman.
mad ˈcow disease noun
a fatal disease of cattle, which can affect also humans who eat meat from infected cattle.
like mad
wildly, desperately, very quickly etc. struggling/trying/running like mad.
References in classic literature ?
When th' sun did jump up, th' moor went mad for joy, an' I was in the midst of th' heather, an' I run like mad myself, shoutin' an' singin'.
I'm wishing like mad to have it continue from now on,'' Welch said at the graduation ceremony.
I've been driving around in it and most people just stare but if there's a group of kids, they cheer like mad.