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

That pairing was extremely appealing to tennis fans in a nation that rapidly was becoming sports-crazed. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "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 Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former American Airlines executive, said windows are periodically polished to remove crazing, the formation of tiny cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun’s rays. Mark Gillispie And David Koenig, BostonGlobe.com, "Southwest plane with cracked window diverted to Cleveland," 2 May 2018 Becker then built a stout wire fence around his reservation and lived in peace until last week when a killer whale, or orca, arrived and so harried the sea lions that, crazed with fright, the lions smashed down his fence and swarmed his lighthouse. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "Reporter Randy Shilts announces he has AIDS, 1993," 7 Feb. 2018 While the other characters explore romance and sexuality, Jamal explores desperation, getting increasingly crazed by the episode. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rolling Deep With The On My Block RollerWorld Conspiracy," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks: The espresso beverage that kicked off the pumpkin craze 16 years ago returns on Aug. 27, and Starbucks has also rolled out a new pumpkin spice creamer inspired by the drink available in grocery stores. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Go away, pumpkin creep: Pumpkin spice invades South Florida earlier than ever | PHOTOS," 22 Aug. 2019 The axe-throwing craze carving its way through Denver’s nightlife scene has gotten a sharp new competitor this month. John Wenzel, The Know, "An axe-throwing club opened next door to Denver’s biggest haunted house," 21 Aug. 2019 The avocado toast craze has hit Des Moines, and judging from the orders at St. Kilda, locals are all in. Melanie D.g. Kaplan / Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Des Moines is on the move with an emerging food and cocktail scene," 20 Aug. 2019 While Balenciaga Triple S's kicked off the craze, and Fila’s clunky sneakers are a dime a dozen, the trend isn’t about having one specific brand or style of the shoe. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Opening Ceremony and Skechers Collaborated On a Sneaker That Britney Spears Made Popular," 16 Aug. 2019 NBC News confirmed Pumpkin Spice Spam will be available starting Sept. 23, also known as the day the pumpkin spice craze officially jumped the shark. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Pumpkin Spice Spam is real and, apparently, not that bad," 15 Aug. 2019 The color craze does feel cyclical — first came the YouTube makeup artists with their 40-minute makeup routines. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Neon Makeup Is the Brightest Beauty Trend of the Summer — Here's How to Wear It," 14 Aug. 2019 Her eccentric mother, Sarah Mellon Scaife, tried to breed emperor penguins to waddle the grounds after the craze over Adm. Richard E. Byrd’s Antarctic expeditions. Nicholas Kulish, New York Times, "Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out," 14 Aug. 2019 The avocado toast craze has hit Des Moines, and judging from the orders at 5St. Washington Post, "Des Moines," 14 Aug. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a period of time

craze

noun
\ ˈkrāz How to pronounce craze (audio) \

Kids Definition of craze

: something that is very popular for a short while

craze

verb
\ 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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