madcap

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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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AdjectiveEdit

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 notesEdit

Especially used for adventurous activities.

NounEdit

madcap ‎(plural madcaps)

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

ReferencesEdit

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