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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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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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madcap

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

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