Madded vs Madder - What's the difference?

madded | madder |

As a verb madded

is (mad).

As a noun madder is

a herbaceous plant, , native to asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root or madder can be .

As an adjective madder is

of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye or madder can be (mad).




  • (mad)

  • mad



  • Insane; crazy, mentally deranged.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I have heard my grandsire say full oft, / Extremity of griefs would make men mad .
  • Angry, annoyed.
  • * , chapter=6
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=She was so mad she wouldn't speak to me for quite a spell, but at last I coaxed her into going up to Miss Emmeline's room and fetching down a tintype of the missing Deacon man.}}
  • Wildly confused or excited.
  • to be mad with terror, lust, or hatred
  • * Bible, Jer. 1. 88
  • It is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.
  • * 1787: The Fair Syrian, R. Bage, p.314
  • My brother, quiet as a cat, seems perfectly contented with the internal feelings of his felicity. The Marquis, mad as a kitten, is all in motion to express it, from tongue to heel.
  • Extremely foolish or unwise; irrational; imprudent.
  • Extremely enthusiastic about; crazy about; infatuated with; overcome with desire for.
  • (of animals) Abnormally ferocious or furious; or, rabid, affected with rabies.
  • (slang, chiefly Northeastern US) Intensifier, signifies an abundance or high quality of a thing; , much or many.
  • (of a compass needle) Having impaired polarity.
  • Usage notes

    While within the United States and Canada, the word mad'' ''does'' generally imply ''anger'' rather than insanity, such usage is still considered informal. Furthermore, if one is described as having "gone mad" or "went mad", this will unquestionably be taken as denoting ''insanity''''', and not anger. Meanwhile, if one "is mad at" something or has "been mad about" something, it will be assumed that they are '''''angered'' rather than insane. In addition, if the word is understood as being used literally, it will most likely be taken as meaning "insane". Also, in addition to the former, such derivatives as "madness", "madman", "madhouse" and "madly" ''purely denote insanity, irrespective of whether one is in the Commonwealth or in the United States. Lastly, within Commonwealth countries other than Canada, mad'' typically implies the ''insane'' or ''crazy'' sense more so than the ''angry sense.


    * (insane) See also * (angry) See also * wicked, mighty, kinda, , hella.


  • (slang, New England, New York, and, UK, dialect) Intensifier; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly; very; unbelievably.
  • He was driving mad slow.
    It's mad hot today.
    He seems mad keen on her.


    * hella; helluv;

    Derived terms

    * mad as a hatter * madden * madding * madhouse * madly


  • To madden, to anger, to frustrate.
  • * c''. 1595 , (William Shakespeare), '' , Act V Scene 5:
  • This musick mads me, let it sound no more.
  • *, I.2.4.iv:
  • He that mads others, if he were so humoured, would be as mad himself, as much grieved and tormented […].



    (wikipedia madder)

    Etymology 1

    (etyl) , from Germanic, perhaps from an Indo-European base meaning "blue." Cognate with (etyl) madra.


    (en noun)
  • A herbaceous plant, , native to Asia, cultivated for a red-purple dye obtained from the root.
  • The root of the plant, used as a medicine or a dye.
  • A dye made from the plant.
  • A deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
  • Synonyms

    * (Rubia tinctorum) common madder, dyer's madder
    Derived terms
    * (field madder) * Indian madder * madder yellow * rose madder * wild madder


  • Of a deep reddish purple colour, like that of the dye.
  • See also

    * bedstraw * bluets * genipap *

    Etymology 2

    Inflected forms.


  • (mad)
  • Etymology 3

    From mead


    (en noun)
  • * c.1720 Jonathan Swift (translation from the Irish) " O'Rourke's Feast":
  • Usequebaugh to our feast - In pails was brought up,
    A hundred at least, - And the madder our cup,
    O there is the sport!


    * Tenison, Thomas Joseph (1860) "On Methers and Other Ancient Drinking Vessels" Journal of the Kilkenny and South-East of Ireland Archaeological Society Vol.3NS No.1 p.54