madcap


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mad·cap

 (măd′kăp′)
adj.
Behaving or acting impulsively or rashly; wild.

[mad + cap, head.]

mad′cap′ n.

madcap

(ˈmædˌkæp)
adj
impulsive, reckless, or lively
n
an impulsive, reckless, or lively person
[C16: from mad + cap (in the figurative sense: head)]

mad•cap

(ˈmædˌkæp)

adj.
1. recklessly impulsive; rash: madcap schemes.
n.
2. a madcap person.
[1580–90]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.madcap - a reckless impetuous irresponsible personmadcap - a reckless impetuous irresponsible person
adventurer, venturer - a person who enjoys taking risks
tearaway - a reckless and impetuous person
Adj.1.madcap - characterized by undue haste and lack of thought or deliberation; "a hotheaded decision"; "liable to such impulsive acts as hugging strangers"; "an impetuous display of spending and gambling"; "madcap escapades"; (`brainish' is archaic)
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
incautious - lacking in caution; "an incautious remark"; "incautious talk"

madcap

adjective
1. reckless, rash, impulsive, ill-advised, wild, crazy, foolhardy, thoughtless, crackpot (informal), hot-headed, imprudent, heedless, hare-brained They flitted from one madcap scheme to another.
noun
1. daredevil, tearaway, wild man, hothead Madcap Mark Roberts can be seen doing dangerous stunts in the countryside.

madcap

adjective
Translations

madcap

[ˈmædkæp]
A. ADJalocado, disparatado
B. Nlocuelo/a m/f, tarambana mf

madcap

[ˈmædkæp] adjécervelé(e)mad cow disease nmaladie f de la vache folle

madcap

adj ideaversponnen; youthstürmisch; trickstoll; schemehirnverbrannt

madcap

[ˈmædˌkæp] adj (fam) → senza senso, assurdo/a
References in classic literature ?
This madcap quest of mine, was it not understood between us from the beginning to be a fantastic whim, a poetical wild-goose chase, conceived entirely as an excuse for being some time in each other's company?
"Well, do you recognize your little madcap playmate?" asked the countess.
And they were already smiling rather too broadly upon Sorelli, who had begun to recite her speech, when an exclamation from that little madcap of a Jammes broke the smile of the managers so brutally that the expression of distress and dismay that lay beneath it became apparent to all eyes:
"Oh, you madcap!" exclaimed the elder girl, when the other entered.
"What a madcap I was, and what a stupid fellow I am!
Come down to breakfast, madcap, and come down lightly, or you'll wake your mother.
Madame de Villefort merely cried, -- "Be still, Edward!" She then added, -- "This young madcap is, however, very nearly right, and merely re-echoes what he has heard me say with pain a hundred times; for Mademoiselle de Villefort is, in spite of all we can do to rouse her, of a melancholy disposition and taciturn habit, which frequently injure the effect of her beauty.
It has been truly said that a little learning is a dangerous thing, and you have exemplified it to-night with your madcap theories.
He looked years younger, mischievous and merry and alert as I remembered him of old in the breathless crisis of some madcap escapade.
But it was difficult to repulse rudely a very good comrade with a smooth pink face and fair hair, bearing the nickname amongst his fellow-students of "Madcap Kostia." He was the idolized only son of a very wealthy and illiterate Government contractor, and attended the lectures only during the periodical fits of contrition following upon tearful paternal remonstrances.
Sometimes his crew would be heard dashing along past the farmhouses at midnight, with whoop and halloo, like a troop of Don Cossacks; and the old dames, startled out of their sleep, would listen for a moment till the hurry-scurry had clattered by, and then exclaim, "Ay, there goes Brom Bones and his gang!" The neighbors looked upon him with a mixture of awe, admiration, and good-will; and, when any madcap prank or rustic brawl occurred in the vicinity, always shook their heads, and warranted Brom Bones was at the bottom of it.
"Sally had been bribed by promises of as many 'goodies' as she could eat, and being a regular madcap, she was ready for anything.