of or pertaining to mania or a maniac.

1670–80; maniac + -al1

maniacally, adverb
postmaniacal, adjective
premaniacal, adjective
submaniacal, adjective
submaniacally, adverb
unmaniacal, adjective
unmaniacally, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To maniacal
World English Dictionary
maniacal or maniac (məˈnaɪəkəl, ˈmeɪnɪæk)
1.  affected with or characteristic of mania
2.  characteristic of or befitting a maniac: maniacal laughter
maniac or maniac
ma'niacally or maniac

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
Word Origin & History

1670s, from maniac. Related: Maniacally.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

maniacal ma·ni·a·cal (mə-nī'ə-kəl) or ma·ni·ac (mā'nē-āk')
Suggestive of or afflicted with insanity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Top among them was a spate of maniacal diversification.
But it does require a maniacal devotion, especially in these crucial days.
Her maniacal intensity is comic, camp, and surprisingly effective.
The maniacal gleam in his eye hints at an inner lunatic about to erupt.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature