crazy quilt

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: a patchwork quilt without a design
: jumble, hodgepodge
a crazy quilt of regulations


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cra·​zy-quilt ˈkrā-zē-ˈkwilt How to pronounce crazy-quilt (audio)
: resembling a crazy quilt : haphazard
a crazy-quilt system

Examples of crazy quilt in a Sentence

Noun a crazy quilt of streets an environmental issue that brought together a crazy quilt of people from all points on the political spectrum
Recent Examples on the Web
My generational touchstones don’t form a cinematic canon as much as a crazy quilt of vibes, impulses, bat signals and dog whistles that — randomly, digressively, but somehow coherently — define the arc of a random, digressive, somehow coherent life. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 That leaves much of the regulatory responsibility to local governing bodies, with a resulting crazy quilt of rules. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, 1 June 2023 Patchwork of rules The FairTax would add to a crazy quilt of rules on what goods and services incur a sales tax. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 13 Apr. 2023 Ever seen a patchwork crazy quilt? Winnie Sun, Forbes, 11 Jan. 2023 Although the crazy quilt-look of the 1970s was no longer in vogue, hanging plants and other nostalgia-inducing specimens such as ivies and hoyas were again having their day as living works of art. Tovah Martin, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Dec. 2022 Even so, this is an irresistible crazy quilt of Western history. Margot Mifflin, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2022 Fittingly, the barn holds one of the most interesting blocks on the trail, a crazy quilt in honor of Margo’s great-great grandmother, a quilter. Michelle Matthews |, al, 13 July 2022 Such data don’t include people who didn’t have access to health care, didn’t seek it, or gave up, thinking there was no help for their crazy quilt of symptoms. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 8 July 2022
Located in a hazelnut orchard just west of Mount Vernon, Miller’s project still has the crazy-quilt rawness of a startup, with massive metal cargo containers and tents standing in for permanent buildings and acre after striped acre of blooming color. oregonlive, 26 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crazy quilt was in 1879

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“Crazy quilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

crazy quilt

: a patchwork quilt without a regular design

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