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madly

[mad-lee] /ˈmæd li/
adverb
1.
insanely or wildly:
The old witch cackled madly.
2.
with desperate haste or intensity; furiously:
They worked madly to repair the bridge.
3.
foolishly:
They lived madly, wasting all their money.
4.
extremely:
They're madly in love.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English; see mad, -ly
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British Dictionary definitions for madly

madly

/ˈmædlɪ/
adverb
1.
in an insane or foolish manner
2.
with great speed and energy
3.
(informal) extremely or excessively: I love you madly
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Word Origin and History for madly
adv.

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

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