One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person exhibiting extreme symptoms of wild behavior, especially when violent and dangerous.‘a homicidal maniac’
- ‘I can almost see him, hunched over the drawing board, laughing like a maniac as each scene explodes into life before his eyes.’
- ‘He screamed, running like a maniac to the side of my car.’
- ‘He is not a homicidal maniac, but a violent, evil man made even more so by his addiction to unnamed drugs.’
- ‘He was a psychotic maniac who got what he deserved.’
- ‘Lee was still on the phone giggling like a maniac.’
- ‘He had done his duty to the community by shutting up a wandering and probably dangerous maniac.’
- ‘I know I am a paranoid, psychotic, evil maniac.’
- ‘‘Yes, and I'm laughing like a maniac, too,’ Selas growled in response.’
- ‘The driver was screaming like a maniac at this stage.’
- ‘Instead, she is standing on a corner in Edinburgh's New Town, clutching a large, flowery bag, waving like a maniac.’
- ‘I just laughed like a maniac, remembering previous events.’
- ‘Swinging around like a maniac would get me nowhere.’
- ‘I don't endorse driving like a maniac, but yesterday I drove like one.’
- ‘Johnson starts roaring like a maniac, laughing like there's no tomorrow.’
- ‘I arose from bed to see why Stan yelled like a maniac.’
- ‘I ducked my head so I wouldn't start grinning like a maniac.’
- ‘He pounded one hand on my back, grinning like a maniac.’
- ‘He was puffing slightly and grinning like a maniac.’
- ‘I lost several pounds and I looked like a maniac.’
- ‘He's not some crazy maniac, he's just somebody you would want to talk to.’
- 1.1informal with adjective or noun modifier An obsessive enthusiast.‘a gambling maniac’
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- ‘A night of petrol-fuelled hedonism is in store at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium on Sunday where motor maniacs can admire a human canon ball, a monster truck, fire stunts and car crashes.’
- ‘This was one for the war buffs amongst the motoring maniacs.’
- ‘I just don't think at any stage they are going to be able to make a credible case that he is some sort of right-wing maniac.’
- 1.2Psychiatry archaic A person suffering from mania.
Early 16th century (as an adjective): via late Latin from late Greek maniakos, from mania (see mania).
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