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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
madly/deeply in love (=very much in love)
▪ I married Dan because I was madly in love.
▪ As soon as the train stops, passengers push madly toward the doors.
▪ He saw a college spy, madly in love.
▪ I married Danny because I was madly in love and wanted to share my life with him.
▪ It was a box, shaking itself madly to free itself of the smashed timber around it.
▪ Men, women and babies are detached in small groups or bunched together in fantastic clusters, gesticulating madly.
▪ She must fall madly and irrevocably in love with Robert, a dim-witted janitor.
▪ Still, he is absolutely, madly in love with me.
▪ The hands are clawed, deformed, seemingly clutching madly or reaching out in desperation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Madly \Mad"ly\, adv. [From Mad, a.] In a mad manner; without reason or understanding; wildly.

Syn: insanely, crazily, dementedly.

2. In a desperate manner; as, she fought back madly. [WordNet sense 1]

3. intensely; as, she was madly in love. [WordNet sense 3]

Syn: insanely, deadly, deucedly, devilishly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 13c., from mad (adj.) + -ly (2). Colloquial meaning "passionately" had emerged by 18c.


adv. In a mad manner; without reason or understanding; wildly.

  1. adv. in a desperate manner; "she fought back madly"

  2. in an insane manner; "she behaved insanely"; "he behaves crazily when he is off his medication"; "the witch cackled madly"; "screaming dementedly" [syn: insanely, crazily, dementedly] [ant: sanely]

  3. (used as intensives) extremely; "she was madly in love"; "deadly dull"; "deadly earnest"; "deucedly clever"; "insanely jealous" [syn: insanely, deadly, deucedly, devilishly]

Usage examples of "madly".

The missiles, like the pinnaces, could be recovered after the completion of their mission, or diverted to other targets, like the merchant vessels that were accelerating madly in an effort to clear the system before Chenforce destroyed them.

I have heard the following particulars: Gaetan-Joseph-Jacques left his family, madly in love with an actress named Fragoletta, who performed the chambermaids.

Waterford bowl with gold mountings, Jimmy in white slacks, an Armani pull and Gucci shoes, Tina in Westwood Lycra pants that hugged lipo-ed buttocks as if they were madly in love with them, Enya from the Lord of the Rings on the Bang and Oluf sen, all this and sorrow.

I was astonished when she calmly offered to make the countess madly in love with me for another twelve sequins, but I politely refused and advised her to abandon her fearful trade if she did not want to be burnt alive.

With mouths glued to each other they plunged, curvetted, wriggled, squirmed, till the blissful ecstasy overtook them both simultaneously, when madly they bedewed each other with their love-juice to the accompaniment of the most exquisite quiverings and thrillings, utterly absorbed in rapture!

She raved against me madly, and begged the mother-superior to send me away, as I had come there to damn her.

The more I thought of it the more excited I became, until my fingers raced madly back and forth over those bewildering little hills and valleys upon that bit of paper.

Chip, galloping madly, caught a glimpse of the fugitive a mile away, set his teeth together, and swung Blazes sharply off the trail into a bypath which intersected the road further on.

This young man, well-made, pale, grave, as cold as a piece of marble, madly in love, who, in his reason mixed with utter despair, came to speak to me in such a manner with the most surprising calm, made me pause and consider.

He had plunged overside and, gaining a carack, began paddling madly away.

With crocodilian speed he scuttled forward, head darting madly, an impossible target at the end of the sinuous neck.

Louis Napoleon for the recognition of the South, or the establishment of monarchy in Mexico, she would, still bleeding from the wounds inflicted by the Polish insurrection, madly launch her armies upon the Rhine, or start her hiding fleet from behind the fortified shelters of Cronstadt and Helsingfors, make it pass the Sound and Skager Rack, unmindful of the frowning batteries of Landscrona and Marstrand, pass the Strait of Dover, and the English Channel, and enter the Atlantic, quietly leaving behind Calais, Boulogne, Cherbourg, and Brest, and all this with the certainty of raising a storm which might carry the armies of France and her allies into the heart of Poland, and ultimately, by restoring that country, press czardom back, where it ought to be, behind the Dnieper.

Madly, Fred pushed Durand away from harm and snatched Sheila to a corner as the robot whirled their way.

Bingo leapt up at the astonished Ern, and tried his hardest to lick him in as many places as he could, barking madly all the time.

Inside Kithraformerly of the Skyrrmanwas struggling to hold down the lid of a pot from which a score of naked chicken wings protruded, flapping madly, while Cleppetty pursued an escaped quail about the kitchen with a broom, and Ghillie, huddled in a corner, frantically read names out loud from a book of household exorcisms.