- insane; demented.
- suffering loss of emotional control: crazed with fear.
- (of a ceramic object) having small cracks in the glaze.
Origin of crazed
- 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 crazed
But it looks like it was created by crazed person with obsessive-compulsive behavior.Red Tape Is Strangling Good Samaritans
Philip K. Howard
December 27, 2014
Imagining novels as biological specimens creates a crazed and mythic zoology of hybrids, beasts, mutants, and aberrations.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Did Vince Gilligan remember you from that X-Files episode you were on where you played the crazed bigot?Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future, Directing ‘Better Call Saul,’ and Hillary 2016
August 1, 2014
Perhaps the only other role he gave as much to is that of the crazed preacher in The Night of the Hunter.The Stacks: Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself: Robert Mitchum
July 19, 2014
Hansen, our driver, says horses are frightened by unusual things (one has a crazed fear of wedding dresses).De Blasio Whipped by Horse Lobby
March 8, 2014
I thought he must be crazed by over-study, and I could only sit and stare at him, open-mouthed.The Bacillus of Beauty
He realized now that the crazed brute under him must run himself out.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
I murmured, and turning once more from her, rushed away like one crazed into the wood.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
A crazed creatur on a white horse galloped up an' dispersed 'em.Tiverton Tales
He turned an' looked at me, as if I was crazed or he was himself, 'You won't care?'Meadow Grass
- driven insane
- (of porcelain or pottery) having a fine network of cracks in the glaze
- 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 crazed
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 ...."