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verb (used with object), crazed, craz·ing.
  1. to derange or impair the mind of; make insane: He was crazed by jealousy.
  2. to make small cracks on the surface of (a ceramic glaze, paint, or the like); crackle.
  3. British Dialect. to crack.
  4. Archaic. to weaken; impair: to craze one's health.
  5. Obsolete. to break; shatter.
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verb (used without object), crazed, craz·ing.
  1. to become insane; go mad.
  2. to become minutely cracked, as a ceramic glaze; crackle.
  3. Metallurgy.
    1. (of a case-hardened object) to develop reticulated surface markings; worm.
    2. (of an ingot) to develop an alligator skin as a result of being teemed into an old and worn mold.
  4. Archaic. to fall to pieces; break.
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  1. a popular or widespread fad, fashion, etc.; mania: the newest dance craze.
  2. insanity; an insane condition.
  3. a minute crack or pattern of cracks in the glaze of a ceramic object.
  4. Obsolete. flaw; defect.
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Origin of craze

1325–75; Middle English crasen to crush < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Norwegian krasa to shatter, crush

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10. vogue, mode.
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Related Words for craze

fever, rage, trend, mania, passion, enthusiasm, furor, fashion, cry, novelty, wrinkle, mode, chic, vogue, infatuation, kick, preoccupation, monomania, enrage, bewilder

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British Dictionary definitions for craze


  1. a short-lived current fashion
  2. a wild or exaggerated enthusiasma craze for chestnuts
  3. mental disturbance; insanity
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  1. to make or become mad
  2. ceramics metallurgy to develop or cause to develop a fine network of cracks
  3. (tr) British archaic, or dialect to break
  4. (tr) archaic to weaken
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Word Origin for craze

C14 (in the sense: to break, shatter): probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish krasa to shatter, ultimately of imitative origin
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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.

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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 ...."

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