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From Middle English mad, madde, madd, medd, from Old English ?em?dd, ?em?ded (“enraged”), past participle of ?em?dan, *m?dan (“to make insane or foolish”), from Proto-Germanic *maidijan? (“to change; damage; cripple; injure; make mad”), from Proto-Germanic *maidaz ("weak; crippled"; compare Old English gem?d (“silly, mad”), Old High German gimeit (“foolish, crazy”), Gothic ??????? (gamaiþs, “crippled”)), from Proto-Indo-European *mey- ("to change"; compare Old Irish máel (“bald, dull”), Old Lithuanian ap-maitinti (“to wound”), Sanskrit ????? (méthati, “he hurts, comes to blows”)).
- Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
- (chiefly US; UK dated + regional) Angry, annoyed.
- Wildly confused or excited.
- Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
- (colloquial, usually with for or about) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.
- (of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.
- (slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; very, much or many.
- (of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.
mad (not comparable)
- (slang, New England, New York and Britain, dialectal) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably.