\ 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 Will the remote work craze sparked by COVID-19 sound a death knell for office buildings? Nicole Hayden, USA TODAY, "California Gov. Newsom orders statewide closures, including indoor restaurant operations," 13 July 2020 As retail real estate swooned in the five years leading up to the coronavirus pandemic, shopping center owners pinned some of their hopes on the expansion of gyms fueled by the health and wellness craze. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Gyms Were One of the Few Bright Spots for Retail Owners Until Covid-19," 7 July 2020 The dance craze accelerated throughout the 1920s and beyond. Washington Post, "Some day, we’ll hit the dance floor again. And it will be glorious.," 6 July 2020 When the food-plot craze was just gaining steam, there were all sorts of articles like this one promising easy-peasy plots whipped up in a jiffy with nothing more than a sprayer, a few hand tools, and a bag of seed. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, "How to Plant the Ultimate No-Till Food Plot," 6 July 2020 Bryce Dallas Howard wasn't immune to the Robert Pattinson craze that began when the first Twilight film came out in 2008. Rachel Yang,, "Bryce Dallas Howard used custom Robert Pattinson Post-it Notes for years," 5 July 2020 The automobile did much to crush the first bike craze; the jury is out on whether the latest bump in interest will endure. Karla Gachet, National Geographic, "Window dressing, or the road to change?," 22 June 2020 Explore the highly-detailed, intricate, and often delicate drawings in this coloring book that helped launch the adult-coloring book craze. Popular Science, "Four beautiful coloring books for relieving stress," 29 June 2020 The current gin craze knows no bounds, but the British have been imbibing the stuff for hundreds of years, sometimes with disastrous results. The New Yorker, "Sunday Reading: Cocktail Hour," 28 June 2020

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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 3 Aug. 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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