- to derange or impair the mind of; make insane: He was crazed by jealousy.
- to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, paint, or the like); crackle.
- British Dialect. to crack.
- Archaic. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.
- Obsolete. to break; shatter.
- to become insane; go mad.
- to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
- (of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
- (of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
- Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.
- a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania: the newest dance craze.
- insanity; an insane condition.
- a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
- Obsolete. flaw; defect.
Origin of craze
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Examples from the Web for craze
The craze exploded in Asia, before cafés in East and then Central Europe opened their doors.London Joins Cat Café Craze Sweeping the Globe
April 9, 2014
It inspired several knockoffs, which in turn also were wiped from the shelves, and prompted a “little blue dress” craze.Kate Middleton’s Favorite Label Bought
August 1, 2011
Like many of you, I've been caught up in the World Cup craze.Gal With a Suitcase
July 10, 2010
Plus, our complete coverage: the vampire economy, craziest tattoos, and the Rob Pattinson craze.Behind the Scenes of New Moon
November 20, 2009
It can't help that it started a craze that seems unsupplantable.World's Craziest Cupcakes
September 8, 2009
It is but a few years since the craze for the Angora cat started.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
Perhaps his slight "craze" about a mine made him less cautious than usual.
Then his anxiety for Mordaunt sprang up and commenced to craze him.Murder Point
Frantic thousands are swamping boats of all sizes in their craze to get away.Lords of the Stratosphere
Arthur J. Burks
Do not craze yourself with thinking, but go about your business anywhere.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- a short-lived current fashion
- a wild or exaggerated enthusiasma craze for chestnuts
- mental disturbance; insanity
- to make or become mad
- ceramics metallurgy to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks
- (tr) British archaic, or dialect to break
- (tr) archaic to weaken
Word Origin and History for craze
mid-14c., crasen, craisen "to shatter," probably Germanic and perhaps ultimately from a Scandinavian source (e.g. Old Norse *krasa "shatter"), but entering English via an Old French form (cf. Modern French écraser). Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern and in reference to pottery glazing (1832). Mental sense perhaps comes via transferred sense of "be diseased or deformed" (mid-15c.), or it might be an image. Related: Crazed; crazing.
late 15c., "break down in health," from craze (v.) in its Middle English sense; this led to a noun sense of "mental breakdown," and by 1813 to the extension to "mania, fad," or, as The Century Dictionary (1902) defines it, "An unreasoning or capricious liking or affectation of liking, more or less sudden and temporary, and usually shared by a number of persons, especially in society, for something particular, uncommon, peculiar, or curious ...."