\ ˈkrāz How to pronounce craze (audio) \
crazed; crazing; crazes

Definition of craze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make insane or as if insane crazed by pain and fear crazed addicts
2 : to produce minute cracks on the surface or glaze of crazed glass crazed pottery
3 obsolete : break, shatter

intransitive verb

1 : to become insane
2 : to develop a mesh of fine cracks
3 archaic : shatter, break



Definition of craze (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an exaggerated and often transient enthusiasm : mania the latest craze in music
2 : a crack in a surface or coating (as of glaze or enamel)

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fashion, style, mode, vogue, fad, rage, craze mean the usage accepted by those who want to be up-to-date. fashion is the most general term and applies to any way of dressing, behaving, writing, or performing that is favored at any one time or place. the current fashion style often implies a distinctive fashion adopted by people of taste. a media baron used to traveling in style mode suggests the fashion of the moment among those anxious to appear elegant and sophisticated. slim bodies are the mode at this resort vogue stresses the wide acceptance of a fashion. short skirts are back in vogue fad suggests caprice in taking up or in dropping a fashion. last year's fad is over rage and craze stress intense enthusiasm in adopting a fad. Cajun food was the rage nearly everywhere for a time crossword puzzles once seemed just a passing craze but have lasted

Examples of craze in a Sentence

Verb soldiers who had been crazed by months of combat and chaos in the countryside Noun if history is any guide, this latest diet for losing weight is just another craze
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The exclamatory marketing epitomizes the desire of folks to post filtered photos of themselves on social media, connecting with millions who craze this basic connection to some semblance of the art world. Natasha Gural, Forbes, "The High And Low Of Van Gogh: From Blue Chip Masterpiece To Immersive Escapism," 28 Feb. 2021 Anderson is one of a select few managers from whom La Russa learned, although that was supplemented by his interest in statistics well before the sabermetrics craze. Mark Gonzales,, "Column: Tony La Russa’s wisdom and passion overshadow his age, making him the perfect leader for the Chicago White Sox in their World Series mission," 29 Oct. 2020 Meantime, in Arizona Territory in 1893, a frontierswoman named Nora is beginning to grow crazed with want — for thirst. John Freeman,, "Téa Obreht’s ‘Inland’ a poetic journey into loneliness and the American West," 15 Aug. 2019 In this movement, the hopeful, major-key passage that arrives unexpectedly near the end was hurried, if crazed, almost like a mad scene for plunging, again, to gloomy melodrama. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "Review: Carnegie Hall’s Season Opens With Two Faces of Cleveland," 6 Oct. 2019 Fashion insiders fly all across the world to craze over a city that is filled with different cultures which whip up a whirlwind of fashion. Nandi Howard, Essence, "This Is How Black Creatives Slay London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 That pairing was extremely appealing to tennis fans in a nation that rapidly was becoming sports-crazed. Frank Fitzpatrick,, "Bill Tilden and the fateful day that launched a legend | Frank's Place," 2 Mar. 2018 Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former American Airlines executive, said windows are periodically polished to remove crazing, the formation of cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun's rays. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Southwest Airlines flight diverts to Cleveland due to broken window," 2 May 2018 Investigators had been taught that crazing was indicative of fast-moving hot fires, likely caused by a flammable accelerant. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Now, there's YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Quora and, the latest craze, Clubhouse, an audio-chat social networking app that's seen users jump from 600,000 in December 2020 to 6 million and counting in February 2021. Peggy Choi, Forbes, "The Importance Of Understanding Expertise As A Leader," 6 Apr. 2021 Lindsay Lohan is jumping on the non-fungible tokens (NFT) craze. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Lindsay Lohan Launches Her New Single 'Lullaby' as NFT Auction," 28 Mar. 2021 Davis compared the Beeple auction to other recent phenomena such as the GameStop craze, in which Reddit traders drastically bid up a video-game retailer’s stock, or Elon Musk’s purchase, through Tesla, of 1.5 billion dollars’ worth of bitcoin. Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, "How Beeple Crashed the Art World," 22 Mar. 2021 The relief is still three weeks away, meaning bars and restaurants will still have to live with the current limits during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and the NCAA Tournament’s March Madness craze. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Emissions enigma, mask scofflaw’s dare, Ammon Bundy saga: News from around our 50 states," 16 Mar. 2021 Taylor Swift may have ignited the kitty-in-a-bubble-backpack craze, but the adorable accessory is more than just trendy. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "All the essentials your cat actually needs, according to vets," 5 Mar. 2021 In recent weeks, numerous artists have embraced the NFT craze, with Kings of Leon releasing their new album in an NFT package, Grimes auctioning NFT artwork and Ozuna launching an NFT site. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, "‘SNL’: Pete Davidson, Jack Harlow Deliver Eminem-Inspired Rap Explaining NFTs," 28 Mar. 2021 Davidson and Redd take a shot at explaining the mainstream phenomenon to Yellen before Harlow joins in with a more concise rap take on the craze. Jazmin Goodwin, CNN, "Still not sure what NFTs are? 'SNL' explains with Eminem parody," 28 Mar. 2021 Sometime between Pfizer’s successful vaccine trial last fall and Meghan Markle’s synod with Oprah this winter, the NFT craze began. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: Why Celebrities Are Agog Over This Tiny Climate Think Tank," 23 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of craze


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for craze

Verb and Noun

Middle English crasen to crush, craze, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Swedish krasa to crush

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7 Mar 2021

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“Craze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a period of time


\ ˈkrāz How to pronounce craze (audio) \

Kids Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a short while

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