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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.

                    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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