wode (comparative woder, superlative wodest)
- (archaic) mad, crazy, insane, possessed, rabid, furious, frantic.
- a. 1588, Jasper Heywood, quoted in James Petite Andews, The History of Great Britain, published 1806
- My hair stode up, I waxed wode, my synewes all did shake / And, as the fury had me vext, my teeth began to quake.
- Obsolete spelling of woad
From Old English wōd, see above.
- madness, insanity, an overmastering emotion, rage, fury
- When thei saw hir for wode so wilde Thei did lede hir ... With-oute the toun ... And stoned hir to dethe. — The Laud Troy Book
- At cherche kan god ... yelde þe wyttes of þe wode. — Ayenbite of Inwyt
wode (third-person singular simple present wodeth, present participle wodende, simple past and past participle woded)
- To be or go mad; be or go out of one's mind; behave wildly; be frenzied; go out of control.
- Vices woden to destroyen men by wounde of thought. — Chaucer
- to be or become furious, enraged.
- Whan I ne may my ladi se, The more I am redy to wraththe ... I wode as doth the wylde Se. — Gower
- ferociously, fiercely
- intensely, furiously
- Lat us to the peple seme Suche as the world may of us deme That wommen loven us for wod. — Chaucer
- furiously enraged, irate, angry
- He was wod wroth and wold do Thomas ... to deth. — Mirk's Festial: A Collection of Homilies by Johannes Mirkus
- When þe wale kyng wist, he wex wode wroth. — Wars of Alexander
- mad, insane, possessed, furious, frantic, mentally deranged, of unsound mind, out of one's mind.
- wild, not tamed
- brain wode — out of one's mind
- waxen wode from — to become mad because of (sth.), be made mad by
- woded, wodehedde — madness, lunacy, mental illness
- wodeman — a madman
- woden-drēm — madness, insane folly
- wode sik — insane, mad
- wodewosen — to run wild, become mad
From Old English wudu see wood.
- wood (material).
- To hunt.
- To take to the woods; hide oneself in the woods (also reflexive: ben woded).
- wode in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- Middle English Dictionary