Definition of madcap in US English:



  • 1Amusingly eccentric.

    ‘a surreal, madcap novel’
    • ‘We're talking comedy club level laughter for the madcap adventures brought out on film and used to introduce each piece.’
    • ‘Songs like ‘Woof Woof, I'ma Goof’ and ‘I Gotta Rash’ also add to the madcap insanity.’
    • ‘The result is a zany weekend of madcap musical comedy in classic Rankin / Bass style.’
    • ‘Nor was he madcap, zany, and over-the-top like Robin Williams who in his public persona seems instinctively funny.’
    • ‘But behind the madcap drama of the ‘camel lady,’ as Davidson became known, are a young woman's complicated emotions about the end of adventure and the arrival of fame.’
    • ‘We won't reveal any more of the crazy, madcap story line suffice to say that in the best tradition of musicals they all live happily ever after, with a few surprises.’
    • ‘Like walking into the fun house at your local fair it's zany, madcap and often tongue in cheek.’
    • ‘The result is a madcap and bittersweet tale that is funny and observant enough to allow one to overlook writing that occasionally suffers from stereotypical Spanish machismo.’
    • ‘After two years' convalescence, madcap funnyman Freddie Starr has risen from his sickbed to appear at the Woodville Halls, in Gravesend, and again the next night at the Fairfield Halls, in Croydon’
    • ‘Weak chinned actor Hugh Laurie forms a madcap duo with portly black and white film story Oliver Hardy which would have been just about different enough from the original to be worth pursuing.’
    • ‘Sweden has not had a Queen since the reign of the eccentric madcap Queen Christina in the 1600's.’
    • ‘Initial reactions suggest they will take to his work more readily than his UK audience, whom he says struggled for a long time to see past the madcap exteriors and into the thought process behind them.’
    • ‘Here was this motley crew, coming along with a madcap idea, but they could see they were getting something unique.’
    • ‘By this stage I was barely holding it together, ready to bust out in tears of joy at how zany these madcap antics were unfolding to be.’
    • ‘At a rare soft moment in his life, H. L. Mencken was fetched by a novel penned by a madcap Englishman.’
    • ‘Where kooky, zany, and madcap meet is the locus of Jacquelyn Reingold's modest but spunky comedy String Fever.’
    • ‘The red of her coat brought out the natural glow of her skin, and a bandage on her temple made her look madcap and rakish.’
    • ‘If nothing else, they've proved that there's more to them than madcap song titles and other weird stuff.’
    • ‘I did, however, see them tittering, shrieking, guffawing and hooting with laughter at the madcap slapstick that has become the trademark of these two spiky-haired, South Yorkshire clowns.’
    • ‘It might have been a rather bleak and drizzly evening when the madcap group exploded on stage, fronted by the eccentric Anthony Kiedis.’
    zany, eccentric, ridiculous, unconventional, weird
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    1. 1.1 Done or thought up without considering the consequences; crazy or reckless.
      ‘some madcap money-making scheme’
      • ‘So I decided to look to Hollywood, the cradle of crazy madcap money making schemes.’
      • ‘A daredevil charity fundraiser was yesterday recovering from a madcap stunt which left him feeling rather sore.’
      • ‘So is this end of such madcap actions by parents who should know better?’
      • ‘When I think of the dangers inherent in such a madcap scheme, my blood runs cold.’
      • ‘Thus what initially appears to be a madcap scheme begins to have its merits.’
      • ‘He may not squish the opposition but he has hit upon the (almost literally) madcap scheme of wearing a different hat for every race.’
      • ‘Long ago, goes the story, a young Horwich Loco Works apprentice, famed, among other things, for his madcap escapades, rode a bicycle up the steps of Bolton Town Hall and also of the Mechanics' Institute, Horwich.’
      • ‘She didn't pause to think of Bob's age - just to be with him and join in his madcap schemes was sufficient.’
      • ‘He said: ‘On the same night that they voted to close an old people's home, they come up with this madcap scheme.’’
      • ‘Let all concerned with planning this madcap scheme spend the next six months in a wheelchair!’
      • ‘Pursuing any technological bet is regarded as a madcap scheme; again, how times change!’
      • ‘Was he a highly-charged risk-taker who, away from his family, had chanced all on a madcap, criminal adventure?’
      • ‘Maybe in order to separate myself from his madcap scheme I needed to be cruel to make him cry, to make him angry, to make him see sense and renounce his crazy beliefs, to make him comply with my sense of reality.’
      • ‘‘We think this is a madcap scheme that will destroy one of Lancaster's best known and loved beauty spots,’ says Kathryn Fahy, one of the picnic organisers.’
      • ‘He's as busy as ever with his fingers in other people's pies: producing other artists, writing movie soundtracks, throwing off more or less madcap schemes.’
      • ‘Rutland sees an opportunity to clear Christine and play cupid for her and Steve, and embarks on a madcap scheme to bring the two to the altar.’
      • ‘She said the government seems determined to spend as much money as it can on ‘any madcap scheme ‘at the expense of people in need.’’
      • ‘The locals take to his madcap scheme: they help, they hinder, they call him pilote, meaning flyer.’
      • ‘The anarchic Australian troupe opens its latest madcap show in a blaze - a flaming gyroscope wheel and bicycle, burning drums and pillars of fire.’
      • ‘This used to be a joint enterprise with her husband Jonathan: a madcap scheme to create cook books in a house with no mains, electricity or freezer.’
      reckless, rash, hot-headed, daredevil, impulsive, wild, daring, adventurous, heedless, thoughtless, incautious, imprudent, indiscreet, ill-advised, hasty, foolhardy, foolish, senseless, impractical, hare-brained
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  • An eccentric person.

    • ‘Add some desperately unfunny writing and a guy who doesn't really know how to be madcap and… well, we've all learned a lesson.’
    • ‘Her friends have always known her as a madcap but her latest fund raising exploits have left them astounded.’
    • ‘Having secured two acting legends and a comic madcap, the rest of the casting fell into place.’
    eccentric, crank, madman, madwoman, maniac, lunatic, psychotic
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