madhouse

[mad-hous]
noun, plural madhouses [mad-hou-ziz] .
1.
a hospital for the confinement and treatment of mentally disturbed persons.
2.
a wild, confused, and often noisy place, set of circumstances, etc.: The office was a madhouse today.

Origin:
1680–90; mad + house


2. bedlam, shambles.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To madhouse
Collins
World English Dictionary
madhouse (ˈmædˌhaʊs)
 
n
1.  a mental hospital or asylum
2.  a state of uproar or confusion

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

madhouse
1680s, from mad + house.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Yet there is an element of the madhouse in that explanation too.
He was for one whole year quite raving, and chained down in a madhouse.
Moreover, the sun is a madhouse of electromagnetic activity.
For such tiny objects, the world is governed by a madhouse set of physical laws
  known as quantum mechanics.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature