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madcap

[mad-kap] /ˈmædˌkæp/
adjective
1.
wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash:
a madcap scheme.
noun
2.
a madcap person.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; mad + cap1
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British Dictionary definitions for madcap

madcap

/ˈmædˌkæp/
adjective
1.
impulsive, reckless, or lively
noun
2.
an impulsive, reckless, or lively person
Word Origin
C16: from mad + cap (in the figurative sense: head)
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Word Origin and History for madcap

1580s, noun and adjective, from mad (adj.) + cap, used here figuratively for "head." Related: Madcappery.

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madcap in Technology


Math and set problems, for the Maniac II and CDC 6600. "MADCAP - A Scientific Compiler for a Displayed Formula Texbook Language", M.B. Wells, CACM 4(1):31-36 (Jan 1961). Sammet 1969, pp.271-281. Versions: Madcap 5 (1964), Madcap 6. "The Unified Data Structure Capability in Madcap 6", M.B. Wells et al, Intl J Comp Info Sci 1(3) (sep 1972).

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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