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


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

Prober’s creations can take the form of moto jackets fashioned from 19th-century crazy quilts or feed bags, or wonderfully Miss Havisham–meets-punk dresses, often made of patchworked pieces of lace, a material she’s particularly drawn to. Vogue, "Looking for Alternative—And Sustainable—Bridalwear? Mimi Prober’s Got You Covered," 11 Apr. 2019 This results in a crazy quilt of punitive approaches to pregnant women with drug problems, which vary arbitrarily by region, county and local politics. Jennifer Egan, New York Times, "Children of the Opioid Epidemic," 9 May 2018 The band is an international crazy quilt of musicians who met online and wove together beats, samples, and chirpy harmonies from laptops in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and their new home, East London. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: Superorganism's album, the documentary 'Jane,' and more," 23 Mar. 2018 The cuts resulted in a crazy quilt of premiums for 2018 that differs radically from the pattern of the last four years, which will upend expectations of consumers in many states. Abby Goodnough And Robert Pear, New York Times, "As Open Enrollment for Obamacare Begins, Confusion Reigns," 31 Oct. 2017 The show is a crazy quilt of character sketches, cooking tutorials, musical numbers and journaling. Emily Gaudette, Newsweek, "'At Home With Amy Sedaris' Finds Radical Comedy in Homemaking," 19 Oct. 2017 As that data streams by on the computer screen of the sleeping mind, some of it gets snatched up and randomly stitched into the crazy quilt of dreams, which often only vaguely resemble the literal content of the information. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science," 12 Sep. 2017 There's a real crazy quilt of tariffs and fees and things, and this would have simplified a lot of that for the Asian markets, which are huge markets for U.S. meat these days. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "What the Meat Industry Looks Like From the Inside," 31 Aug. 2017

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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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crazy quilt


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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