madling

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From mad +‎ -ling.

Noun[edit]

madling (plural madlings)

  1. A mad creature; one who acts wildly or foolishly.
    • 1881, Benjamin Preston, Dialect and other poems, with glossary of the local words:
      A madling acts in opposition to common sense. He is an owd madling whose reason has become childish by the lapse of years.
    • 2006, Jacqueline Carey, Godslayer: Volume II of The Sundering:
      A madling was speaking to them; a woman. Dani stopped with a mind to retreat.
    • 2010, George R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Songs of the Dying Earth:
      The madling—he had appeared today in the form of Austeri-Pranz, one of Vespanus' instructors at Roë, an intimidating man with bulging, rolling eyes and a formidable overbite—gave the question his consideration.

Etymology 2[edit]

Either from attributive use of madling (see above), or for maddling, present participle of maddle (to be mad). More at maddle.

Adjective[edit]

madling (comparative more madling, superlative most madling)

  1. Mad; insane; crazy.
    • 1881, Benjamin Preston, Dialect and other poems, with glossary of the local words:
      To be madling is to have our ideas confused.
    • 2006, Jacqueline Carey, Godslayer: Volume II of The Sundering:
      The madling woman snatched the tray from his hands, giving it to the Fjeltroll to inspect.