craze

verb
\ 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

craze

noun

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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Noun

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, 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, chicagotribune.com, 29 Oct. 2020 Meantime, in Arizona Territory in 1893, a frontierswoman named Nora is beginning to grow crazed with want — for thirst. John Freeman, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 16 Sep. 2019 That pairing was extremely appealing to tennis fans in a nation that rapidly was becoming sports-crazed. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, 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, 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, 8 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Caymus and Silver Oak, still owned by their founding families, pushed Napa toward a riper, more powerful style of cabernet sauvignon and sparked the craze for cult wines. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 An Action Comics No. 1 sold for $3.2 million in 2014, before the current craze for comics and comic art. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 That model in turn made the craze for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual turquoise dial rise to over $33,000 in the secondary market. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 Glitzy, often self-referential costumes had been an important part of country since at least the 1940s, when guitarist and yodeler Gene Autry began sporting a ten-gallon Stetson, igniting a craze for cowboy gear. Amanda Petrusich, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The acquisition shows the craze for NFTs, which use blockchain technology to verify ownership of digital goods, is still in full swing. Todd Spangler, Variety, 12 Mar. 2022 Carricante, a grape variety from Sicily, is now considered by some experts to be the finest white-wine variety anywhere in Italy, and wine geeks have developed a craze for it in recent years. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Feb. 2022 The craze for home fitness technology saw some manufacturers such as Peloton do extremely well during the pandemic, and if CES 2022 was anything to go by, that trend shows no sign of slowing down. Bernard Marr, Forbes, 26 Jan. 2022 The artist known as Beeple sells a digital collage at Christie’s for $69 million, launching the art world’s craze for nonfungible tokens. WSJ, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of craze

Verb

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

Noun

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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“Craze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craze. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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craze

noun
\ ˈkrāz How to pronounce craze (audio) \

Kids Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a short while

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