maniac definition, meaning - what is maniac in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “maniac”

See all translations

maniac

noun [C] uk   us   /ˈmeɪ.ni.æk/

maniac noun [C] (INTERESTED)

informal a person who has a very strong interest in a particular activity: a football/sex maniac

maniac noun [C] (MENTALLY ILL)

a person who behaves in an uncontrolled way, not worrying about risks or danger: Some maniac was running down the street waving a massive metal bar.informal I won't get in the car with Richard - he drives like a maniac!
Translations of “maniac”
in Korean 미치광이…
in Arabic مَهووس بـِ…
in Portuguese maníaco, -a, louco…
in Catalan maníac, -a…
in Japanese マニア…
in Italian maniaco, -a…
in Chinese (Traditional) 強烈興趣, 入迷的人,狂熱愛好者…
in Russian маньяк…
in Turkish manyak, deli, çılgın…
in Chinese (Simplified) 强烈兴趣, 入迷的人,狂热爱好者…
in Polish maniak…
(Definition of maniac from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of maniac?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “maniac” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

air force

the part of a country's military forces that uses aircraft and fights in the air

Word of the Day

Go ahead! (Phrasal verbs with ‘go’)

by Kate Woodford,
May 06, 2015
​​​ Every few weeks, we focus on phrasal verbs that are formed with a particular verb. This week, we’re looking at phrasal verbs that start with the verb ‘go’. As ever, we present a range of the most useful and common phrasal verbs. Some of the most common ‘go’ phrasal verbs are easy

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More