\ 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 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 That had never been done before and, after Oakland, never could be done, at least for crazing. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The 1991 Firestorm That Changed Everything We Thought We Knew About Arson," 8 Nov. 2018 The chemicals in these products will cause the finish to cloud and craze over time. Scot Meacham Wood, House Beautiful, "Ask a Designer: How To Decorate With the Acrylic Trend," 12 Mar. 2015 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The craze among brands for cross-generational show casting is not entirely new. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "At Fashion Week, Comeback Queens Rule the Catwalks," 4 Mar. 2020 The craze in corporate America these days is to admire startups and their founders, the more flamboyant the better. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The House That Jack Welch Rebuilt," 2 Mar. 2020 Like scrunchies, bows, and butterfly clips, this hair accessory craze is here to stay. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The Celeb-Approved Guide to Wearing a Headband Without Looking Like a Child," 17 Jan. 2020 That's right -- your grandparents might've beat you to the cute kitty craze. Scottie Andrew And Marnie Hunter, CNN, "5 ways to celebrate National Cat Day," 29 Oct. 2019 Corcoran's favorite pitch was for Season 9's Original Comfy, a successor to the Snuggie craze. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Shark Tank' exclusive: The new list of the 20 best-selling products from the show," 10 Oct. 2019 Randolph finds the current vegan landscape similar to the fat-free craze of the 1990s. Janelle Bitker,, "Bay Area women carve out a place in food tech with plant-based meat and dairy," 2 Oct. 2019 Bergelin compares it to the aloe vera craze a decade ago. Claire Ballentine,, "No longer in hiding, the scent of cannabis joins the perfume counter," 26 Aug. 2019 The New York Times was decades late to the crossword craze. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Upstart Crossword Puzzle Builders Get Their Point Across (and Down)," 19 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of craze was in the 14th century

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“Craze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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


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

Medical Definition of craze

transitive verb

: to make insane or as if insane crazed by pain and fear

intransitive verb

: to become insane

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