cra·​zy | \ ˈkrā-zē How to pronounce crazy (audio) \
crazier; craziest

Definition of crazy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : full of cracks or flaws : unsound … they were very crazy, wretched cabins …— Charles Dickens
b : crooked, askew
2a : not mentally sound : marked by thought or action that lacks reason : insane sense 1b yelling like a crazy man not used technically
b(1) : impractical a crazy plan
(2) : erratic crazy drivers
c : being out of the ordinary : unusual a taste for crazy hats
3a : distracted with desire or excitement a thrill-crazy mob The fans went crazy when their team won the championship.
b : absurdly fond : infatuated He's crazy about the girl.
c : passionately preoccupied : obsessed crazy about boats
like crazy
: to an extreme degree everyone dancing like crazy


plural crazies

Definition of crazy (Entry 2 of 3)

: one who is or acts crazy especially : such a one associated with a radical or extremist political cause … are convinced that Wilson thinks they're rubes, bumpkins, or crazies, and wants to replace them with a legislature full of moderate clones of himself. — Fred Barnes



Definition of crazy (Entry 3 of 3)

: extremely, wildly crazy good

Other Words from crazy


crazily \ ˈkrā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce crazy (audio) \ adverb
craziness \ ˈkrā-​zē-​nəs How to pronounce crazy (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for crazy

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of crazy in a Sentence

Adjective He's been acting kind of crazy lately. There are a lot of crazy drivers on the streets. You are crazy to have paid so much for this car. You would be crazy not to accept their offer! What a crazy thing to do! Noun A bunch of crazies live there. one unsympathetic homeowner insisted that all homeless people are crazies Adverb I bought some crazy good stuff there. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There are some crazy things that happen behind the scenes of some of these transactions. Beatrice Verhoeven, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 July 2022 What was driving Saban crazy, Finebaum said, was his frustration with his team’s entitlement. Mark Heim |, al, 29 July 2022 The European Union isn't crazy about companies locking customers into proprietary plugs, and European Teslas actually use the European version of CCS, Type 2. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 28 July 2022 And obviously growing up around the Grateful Dead, my first movies were the people and the crazy things going on backstage, which leads us to Let There Be Drums! Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 21 July 2022 My hope is that each of these characters resonates with readers, and also drives them a little bit crazy! Denise Davidson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 July 2022 But that’s not the plot hole that’s been driving me crazy. Erik Kain, Forbes, 7 July 2022 Related:'You can be unapologetically crazy about your dog' at Riley's Sandwich Co., owners say Contact Carol at or (414) 224-2841, or through the Journal Sentinel Food & Home page on Facebook. Carol Deptolla, Journal Sentinel, 30 June 2022 Hutchinson said that Cipollone called the ordeal crazy and pushed for more action to quell the rioters. cleveland, 28 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The campus crazies demanding safe spaces seem to have polluted the entire culture with fear and anxiety. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 2 May 2020 Doyle’s message to stir-crazy, nature-seeking folks: Feel free to hike and enjoy the great outdoors. Ron Kroichick,, 25 Apr. 2020 There are four types of winter drivers: plodders, joggers, speeders and crazies. cleveland, 8 Feb. 2020 There are a lot of crazies in the city and a lot of bad guys. Carl Nolte,, 11 Jan. 2020 The Crimson Tide’s student section under first-year coach Nate Oats doesn’t have a catchy new nickname yet, but the hardhat wearing Crimson crazies showed up in force for the home team’s gritty 77-74 victory against Kansas State. Joseph Goodman |, al, 28 Jan. 2020 Please don’t engage with the crazies in the comments. Christina Oehler,, 15 Nov. 2019 Players marveled at the crowd’s enthusiasm after the game, and Gruden kept his tradition of visiting with the crazies after a Raiders win. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, 14 Sep. 2019 That’s the same thing that the Dayton, Ohio shooter did…You have fringe crazies on all sides. Bill Lambrecht,, 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb For a smart woman hyper-alert to the nature of language, Adriaan’s oblique, infrequent text messages create a crazy-making predicament. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 When Teigen and her husband, John Legend, first started trying to have a baby, not getting pregnant felt crazy-making. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 20 Apr. 2021 Then the internet started going crazy over whipping instant coffee and shortcut recipes. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 May 2020 Of course, Amy's fans are going crazy over the engagement announcement. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 20 Sep. 2019 The twitter world is going crazy over this epic pitch by Oliver Drake of the Tampa Bay Rays. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 31 July 2019 While everyone is going crazy over the deals at Amazon for Prime Day right now, Newegg is sneaking through the back door of the bargain basement with its FantasTech sale. Ian Paul, PCWorld, 17 July 2018 The Fake News is going crazy making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don’t exist). Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, 7 June 2018 The Fake News is going crazy making up false stories and using only unnamed sources (who don’t exist). Ryan Teague Beckwith, Time, 7 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of crazy


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1867, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crazy


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More Definitions for crazy


cra·​zy | \ ˈkrā-zē How to pronounce crazy (audio) \
crazier; craziest

Kids Definition of crazy

1 : having a severe mental illness : insane
2 : not sensible or logical a crazy idea
3 : very excited or pleased They're crazy about their new house.
4 : very annoyed This song makes me crazy.

Other Words from crazy

crazily \ ˈkrā-​zə-​lē \ adverb
craziness \ -​zē-​nəs \ noun

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