mad etymology

English word mad comes from Old English ġemǣdan, Proto-Indo-European *meyth₂-, and later Proto-Germanic *maidaz (Angry, enraged. Hurt, wounded. Mad, foolish.)

Detailed word origin of mad

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ġemǣdan Old English (ang)
*meyth₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*moyth₂ós Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*maidaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Angry, enraged. Hurt, wounded. Mad, foolish.
ġemād Old English (ang)
ġemǣded Old English (ang)
medd Middle English (enm)
mad English (eng) (chiefly, US; UK dated + regional) Angry, annoyed.. (colloquial, usually with for or about) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.. (of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.. (of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.. (slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality [...]

Words with the same origin as mad

Descendants of ġemǣdan
madden madhouse madman
Descendants of *meyth₂-
admission admit admitting commit commitment committee demise dismiss mass media mess message messenger missile mission missionary permission permit promise submission submit transmission transmit