\ 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 An article on Tuesday about super-thin materials misidentified the location where the craze for two-dimensional chemistry began. New York Times, "Corrections: Jan. 8, 2020," 7 Jan. 2020 And during the 1920s, a craze for raccoon fur coats among college men, middle class African-Americans and even movie stars led to a boom in raccoon trapping and hunting—a trend that likely made the meat more readily available. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Raccoon Was Once a Thanksgiving Feast Fit for a President," 28 Nov. 2019 In 1924, British playwright Noel Coward initiated a turtleneck craze for fellows as well. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "The woke shopper’s one-item Zen gift guide," 23 Nov. 2019 The park’s elephants join the fall-craze for pumpkins by smashing and eating the yummy snacks in a single bite. Cyndi Schramm, Houston Chronicle, "Smashing pumpkins: Elephants at Houston’s Zoo Boo stomp-out tasty treats from fall's favorite fruit," 23 Oct. 2019 The craze for low-fat food simply led to a greater consumption of sugar — and calories. Robin Abcarian,, "Warning labels for soda might be the only way to save our children from the sugar lobby," 11 June 2019 Like the contemporary craze for goji berries, ancient wheat, reduced camel-hump fat, and other superfoods, filtering is one of many diversions in a dying world where just about everybody’s head is sunk deep in the sands of nostalgia. Julian Lucas, Harper's magazine, "New Books," 10 May 2019 Jennifer Lopez's pink diamond engagement ring from Ben Affleck set off a craze for colored diamonds in 2002. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Jennifer Lopez's Pink Diamond Made Her an Engagement Ring Influencer," 23 Mar. 2019 Helped by a craze for classic cocktails, sales of American whiskey grew 52 percent over the last five years, to $3.4 billion in 2017, according to data from the Distilled Spirits Council. Ben Sisario,, "Knockin’ back Heaven’s Door: Bob Dylan is making whiskey now," 2 May 2018

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Craze.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 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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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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