Definition of madly in US English:



  • 1In a manner suggesting or characteristic of insanity.

    ‘his eyes bulged madly’
    • ‘Her eyes squinted madly, trying to make out the manner of the commotion around them.’
    • ‘The novel's heroine, however, is so determined to have her day in church that when her lacklustre fiancé dumps her with six weeks to spare she madly decides to go ahead with the wedding anyway.’
    • ‘Even now I am smiling madly, like a Cheshire cat.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, for all the protestations of the convinced minority, only a certain kind of mind can make the leap of faith to truly, madly, deeply believe in UFOs.’
    • ‘Before, a smaller black unicorn stood, his wild red eyes glowing madly, and his horn a dull, dull gold, like it was supposed to be.’
    • ‘They go for a horse ride, and Boyd - who has never ridden a horse before - manages to get the insane horse who decides to just run off madly into the distance.’
    • ‘He leaped to his feet, cursing madly and staring around with wild eyes.’
    insanely, frantically, hysterically, deliriously, wildly, like a lunatic
    fast, furiously, hurriedly, quickly, speedily, hastily, energetically
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    1. 1.1informal With extreme intensity.
      ‘the boys are all madly in love with you’
      • ‘Girls were always falling madly in love with him, but he didn't seem to care.’
      • ‘Second only to psychological drama and angst, geography is important to Walker, who falls madly in love with places and stores them up for future plots.’
      • ‘The programme ‘India's Most Wanted ’, which Anju anchored, was as much her idea as mine and we were madly in love with it.’
      • ‘Furthermore, she seemed to have it all, intelligence, friends, and a cute boyfriend who seemed to be madly in love with her.’
      • ‘I fell madly in love with the pale pink rose-pattern carpet and matching curtains in my room.’
      • ‘Peter Grayson was the smoothest boy in town and every girl for miles around was madly in love with him.’
      • ‘I fell madly in love with the country and its people.’
      • ‘A ‘precocious five-year-old’, he was taken by his mother to see The Sound of Music and fell madly in love with Julie Andrews.’
      • ‘Never before had he fallen madly in love with his own work.’
      • ‘He is madly in love with Bulgarian folklore, culture and the hospitality of people in Bulgaria.’
      • ‘Yet I was madly in love with a boy who collected the fees for deckchairs on the beach.’
      • ‘Both of the beauty queens are from Varna and are madly in love with the natural beauty of the place.’
      • ‘He smiled in the way that fathers do… you know, that smile they give the boy that they know their daughter is falling madly in love with.’
      • ‘As she travels about, she meets many interesting people, including the prince who falls madly in love with her in spite of the fact he believes her to be an ordinary country maid.’
      • ‘The young Goethe was himself madly in love with a woman named Charlotte Buff, who was to be married to his friend, Georg Kestner.’
      • ‘Born in Havana, Cuba, he was 12 years old when he wrote his first love song Caballo Desbocao about the crazy behaviour of a man madly in love with a woman who is reluctant to return his passion.’
      • ‘Every pilot I've ever written, I've fallen deeply and madly in love with.’
      • ‘The girl is totally madly in love with the boy and the boy feels the same except they're both stupid and scared to tell each other how they feel.’
      • ‘She is madly in love with Oscar, who regards her as his best pal and nothing more.’
      • ‘I did fall madly in love with him and those feelings don't die.’
      intensely, fervently, wildly, unrestrainedly, enthusiastically, completely
      very, extremely, exceedingly, excessively, absurdly, ridiculously, fantastically, wildly, outrageously
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