crazy quilt


Definition of crazy quilt

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


cra·​zy-quilt | \ ˈkrā-zē-ˈkwilt How to pronounce crazy-quilt (audio) \

Definition of crazy-quilt (Entry 2 of 2)

: resembling a crazy quilt : haphazard a crazy-quilt system

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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: Noun But the patchwork of stations is a crazy quilt compared to Tesla’s uniform, multi-stall superchargers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Ford Mustang Mach-E goes toe-to-hoof with Tesla Model Y," 26 Dec. 2020 The search commission had 40,000 names of the disappeared in a crazy quilt of Excel documents and Word files, replete with duplications and typos. Washington Post, "The search for the disappeared points to Mexico’s darkest secrets," 3 Dec. 2020 After four centuries of building and razing, almost every block is a crazy quilt of structures and styles, and every era has its problems. Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker, "The Art of Building the Impossible," 23 Nov. 2020 Reading websites these days feels like navigating a crazy quilt of opt-in forms and privacy-policy disclosures. Owen Thomas,, "Privacy needs a reboot, and California’s new initiative might just provide it," 14 Oct. 2020 More border crossings have opened, helping unite families divided by Central Asia’s crazy quilt of frontiers. The Economist, "The Economist’s country of the year Which nation improved the most in 2019?," 18 Dec. 2019 Ace relief pitcher Goose Gossage, who mopped up the Cubs in the 8th and 9th to save the game for Craig Lefferts, was enmeshed at the center of the crazy quilt of players, grinning wall-to-wall behind his wild walrus mustasche. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years ago the Padres won their first trip to the World Series," 8 Oct. 2019 Riot Fest is a weird, diverse, crazy quilt of humanity, from old punks breaking out their best mohawks and ancient tour t-shirts, to people there to explore. Adam Lukach,, "The things we loved about Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary, and some we really didn’t," 16 Sep. 2019 But what took the longest was sorting out what amounted to a crazy quilt of parcels under the two, roughly 9,000-square-foot brownstones. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "After five years, Hartford’s Coltsville National Historical Park stalled as feds decide whether to accept buildings for visitor center, exhibit space," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crazy quilt


1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crazy quilt was in 1886

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9 Jan 2021

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“Crazy quilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of crazy quilt

: a covering for a bed that is made of many pieces of cloth in different sizes without a regular design
: a confused mix of things

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