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crazed; crazing; crazes

transitive verb

sometimes offensive : to make insane or as if insane
crazed by pain and fear
a crazed mob
: to produce minute cracks on the surface or glaze of
crazed glass
crazed pottery
obsolete : break, shatter

intransitive verb

sometimes offensive : to become insane
: to develop a mesh of fine cracks
archaic : shatter, break


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

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 horses crazed by the barn fire kicked out their stall doors as they tried to escape Noun if history is any guide, this latest diet for losing weight is just another craze
Recent Examples on the Web
Another crazed superfan maybe? Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 23 Mar. 2023 Ellie, crazed and exhausted, emerges into the cold air in a cloud of smoke. Randall Colburn,, 6 Mar. 2023 The company also has embraced the cocktail-in-a-can craze and found success with beverages such as Jack and Coke in a can, the result of a partnership with Coca-Cola (KO). Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 31 Aug. 2022 Ford, which started the high-performance truck craze a decade ago with the F-150 Raptor, confirmed that a Raptor R version with even more power and torque will soon go into production. Bymorgan Korn, ABC News, 11 June 2022 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,, 29 Oct. 2020 Meantime, in Arizona Territory in 1893, a frontierswoman named Nora is beginning to grow crazed with want — for thirst. John Freeman,, 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
His invention paved the way for the creation of one of Europe’s first successful commercial e-bikes, the Flyer Series C, which helped jump-start today’s worldwide craze. Tim Neville, Travel + Leisure, 1 Apr. 2024 Sea moss is the latest online wellness supplement craze. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 In the 1950s and ’60s, a volleyball team of textile-factory workers from Japan strung together a stunning 258-game winning streak—including a world championship and Olympic gold—while sparking a craze in volleyball manga and anime both locally and beyond. Lisa Wong MacAbasco, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2024 From the big screen to the award stage, the Barbie craze is far from over. Jazmin Gathers, Glamour, 6 Mar. 2024 Clarkson isn’t the only one who’s gotten in on the denim craze by reaching for a breezy jean dress — Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, and Martha Stewart are fans of the trend, too. Averi Baudler, Peoplemag, 12 Mar. 2024 So, is this latest stunt a rejection of the quiet luxury craze, the start of a new trend, or simply a stir up views and clicks? Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 3 Mar. 2024 After a pandemic-era renovation craze, the nation’s two largest home improvement retailers say customers are spending less on big projects in favor of cheaper do-it-yourself fixes. Brian Cheung, NBC News, 28 Feb. 2024 Stanley also featured heavily in a viral food craze over the summer: WaterTok. Bailey Gallion, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use


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


1812, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Craze.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
crazed; crazing
: to make or become insane or as if insane
: to develop a network of fine cracks
crazed glass


2 of 2 noun
: something that is very popular for a short time
the latest craze in music
: a tiny crack in a surface or coating (as of glaze or enamel)

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