Definitions for madhouseˈmædˌhaʊs; -ˌhaʊ zɪz
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mad•houseˈmædˌhaʊs; -ˌhaʊ zɪz(n.)(pl.)-hous•es
a hospital for the mentally disturbed.
a disorderly, often noisy place.
Origin of madhouse:
Bedlam, booby hatch, crazy house, cuckoo's nest, funny farm, funny house, loony bin, madhouse, nut house, nuthouse, sanatorium, snake pit(noun)
pejorative terms for an insane asylum
A house where insane persons are confined; an insane asylum
A place exhibiting stereotypical characteristics of such a house.
This place is a madhouse.
a house where insane persons are confined; an insane asylum; a bedlam