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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MADCAPS

We six madcaps got in the carriage and buggy, and rode off in search of news.

Mrs. Culling he thanked fervently for a wonderful stretch of generosity in lending her presence to the madcaps.

The time will come when we, madcaps as we are, shall be pointed out as models of propriety for our juniors.

We used to meet every day in London, when she and my sister were two madcaps together, playing endless wild pranks.

And you meanwhile prefer the drollery of these madcaps to the attentions of our courtiers?

His greatest moment had come years before when his golden pen had glorified a generation of madcaps.

He was one of the madcaps of the village now, but it was not long since he had been a solitary child, moping apart from the rest.

WORD ORIGIN

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

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.