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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Definitions for madcap

  1. wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash: a madcap scheme.
  2. a madcap person.

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Citations for madcap
You can still see strong strains of formal qualities and madcap humor in his own work, which he began creating in 1971. Claudia La Rocco, "Sights in New York Like No Others," The New York Times, Dec. 14, 2012
Slothrop recognizes him on sight, Judge Hardy's freckled madcap son, three-dimensional, flesh, in a tux and am-I-losing-my-mind face. Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, 1995
Origin of madcap
1580-1590
Madcap is a portmanteau dated back to the late 1500s. The first part of this word comes from the Old High German gimeit, literally meaning "foolish" or "vain," and the second part takes a metaphorical spin on the the Late Latin cappa meaning "a hooded cloak."