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Madcap

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Mádcap. n.s. [mad and cap; either taking the cap for the head, or alluding to the caps put upon distracted persons by way of distinction.] A madman; a wild hotbrained fellow.

That last is Biron, the merry madcap lord;
Not a word with him but a jest.
Shakespeare.

                    Where is his son,
The nimble-footed madcap prince of Wales,
And his comrades, that daft the world aside,
And bid it pass.
Shakespeare's Henry IV.

Sources: Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost (33)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Madcap." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 7, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=2588.


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