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 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, 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Coming in with 400 horsepower and a $39,990 base price tag, the Z is all the sports car craze. Marc Grasso, Hartford Courant, 6 Aug. 2022 Meme stocks were the craze during the pandemic as individual traders with lots of time on their hands jumped online and into stocks en masse. Elisabeth Buchwald, USA TODAY, 2 Aug. 2022 The pink aesthetic has become a fashion staple in the past year, but donning it in the hottest hue is the latest craze. Skyler Caruso, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 There is a craze for the long-but-short denim piece that covers the leg like a trapezoid! Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 22 July 2022 There was a folk craze in the late '50s and early '60s – a revival of songs of the labor movements and the Spanish American War. Alessandro Corona, The Enquirer, 18 July 2022 There is a craze for generally healthy individuals to find further ways to maintain and better their wellbeing, which Jia and Smith say is a good thing but has limitations. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 23 June 2022 The corset was a fashion craze in the 19th century. Ainissa Ramirez, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Long before Wordle mania, there was the crossword puzzle craze. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 1 Mar. 2022 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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23 Jun 2022

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“Craze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/craze. Accessed 17 Aug. 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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