- 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 crazes
When later we were living in Guildford, he had a series of crazes.Alan Turing’s Brother: He Should Be Alive Today
John Ferrier Turing
June 23, 2012
But, like all men who are good for anything, he had some crazes: and one of them was Macaulay.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
It is inconvenient to stand aloof from these crazes, and it is dangerous to oppose them.The American Credo
George Jean Nathan
He has three crazes that have nearly ruined the mass of his poetry.John Greenleaf Whittier
W. Sloane Kennedy
And there's no use worrying a woman that you respect about your crazes.Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town
Just as fads will for a time sway human life, so crazes may run through all animals of a given kind.Monarch, The Big Bear of Tallac
Ernest Thompson Seton
- 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 crazes
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 ...."