madman etymology

English word madman comes from English -man, English mad

Detailed word origin of madman

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-man English (eng) In certain cases, someone (implied male) who derives from a particular nationality.. Someone (implied male) who has special characteristics relating to a topic or area.. Someone (implied male) who is an expert in an area.. Someone (implied male) who is employed or holds a position in an area.
mad English (eng) (slang, New England, New York, and, UK, dialect) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably. (now, _, colloquial, _, US) To madden, to anger, to frustrate. [from 15th c.]. (obsolete, intransitive) To be or become mad. [14th-19th c.] (chiefly, US; UK dated + regional) Angry, annoyed.. (colloquial, usually with for or about) Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy [...]
madman English (eng) A male who is insane or mentally disturbed.

Words with the same origin as madman

Descendants of -man
bowman businessman cameraman cartman chairman congressman councilman doorman fireman fisherman freeman gunman handyman hangman hitman milkman policeman postman salesman sandman seaman snowman watchman wingman