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madcap

[mad-kap]
adjective
1.
wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash: a madcap scheme.
noun
2.
a madcap person.

Origin:
1580–90; mad + cap1

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madcap (ˈmædˌkæp)
 
adj
1.  impulsive, reckless, or lively
 
n
2.  an impulsive, reckless, or lively person
 
[C16: from mad + cap (in the figurative sense: head)]

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madcap
n. and adj., 1580s, from mad + cap, used figuratively for head.
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