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

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 His career has been a fascinating hodgepodge of feints and fake-outs, a crazy quilt of dumb-smart action flicks, brainy meta-meditations, daring experiments, rom-coms, family films. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 After watching an introductory film, visitors browse treasures, including an 1885 crazy quilt made by the Jewish Ladies’ Sewing Circle in Canton, Miss., who raffled it off to fund its local synagogue. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 The defense characterized the government theory as a crazy quilt of bad inferences, perjured testimony and junk science, stitched together in a vengeful bid to destroy a criminal defense attorney whose only crime was doing his job too well. Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 The walls were covered with ones, jasper, porphyry, and a dozen different marbles and, set in this crazy quilt, were carved, crystal medallions. Lucy Yeomans, House Beautiful, 10 June 2021 According to oral tradition, the two systems incorporated a pre-1883 hodgepodge of pipes – some wooden, wells, and springs that ran in a crazy quilt hither and yon. Kevin Dayhoff,, 12 Mar. 2021 But the patchwork of stations is a crazy quilt compared to Tesla’s uniform, multi-stall superchargers. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 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, 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, 23 Nov. 2020 See More

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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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27 Apr 2022

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“Crazy quilt.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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