madcap

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1580s, mad +‎ cap (head),[1] literally “crazy head”. Original literal sense “lunatic, crazy person”, now used figuratively.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

madcap (comparative more madcap, superlative most madcap)

  1. impulsive, hasty or reckless; capricious.
    The film featured a madcap car chase that went right through a crowded café.

Usage notes[edit]

Especially used for adventurous activities.

Noun[edit]

madcap (plural madcaps)

  1. An impulsive, hasty, capricious person.
  2. (obsolete) An insane person, a lunatic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ madcap” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).