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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mad dawg, dog]
    • /mæd dɔg, dɒg/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mad dawg, dog]
    • /mæd dɔg, dɒg/

Definition of mad-dog word

  • verb with object mad-dog Slang. to glare at threateningly. 1

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Origin of mad-dog

First appearance:

before 1985
One of the 1% newest English words
An Americanism dating back to 1985-90

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Parts of speech for Mad-dog


mad-dog popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 42% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 64% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for mad-dog

adj mad-dog

  • frenzied — wildly excited or enthusiastic: frenzied applause.
  • fanatical — motivated or characterized by an extreme, uncritical enthusiasm or zeal, as in religion or politics.
  • delirious — Someone who is delirious is unable to think or speak in a sensible and reasonable way, usually because they are very ill and have a fever.
  • zealous — full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent. Synonyms: enthusiastic, eager, fervid, fervent, intense, passionate, warm. Antonyms: apathetic; lackadaisical.
  • crazed — Crazed people are wild and uncontrolled, and perhaps insane.

Antonyms for mad-dog

adj mad-dog

  • disinterested — unbiased by personal interest or advantage; not influenced by selfish motives: a disinterested decision by the referee.
  • dispassionate — free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm: a dispassionate critic.
  • sane — free from mental derangement; having a sound, healthy mind: a sane person.
  • apathetic — If you describe someone as apathetic, you are criticizing them because they do not seem to be interested in or enthusiastic about doing anything.
  • indifferent — without interest or concern; not caring; apathetic: his indifferent attitude toward the suffering of others.

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