verb (used with object), crazed, craz·ing.

verb (used without object), crazed, craz·ing.


Origin of craze

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

Synonyms for craze

10. vogue, mode. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for crazing

Historical Examples of crazing

  • This is the reverse of crazing and is caused by the glaze being too large for the body.

    The Potter's Craft

    Charles F. Binns

  • Have her appear like an adventuress, drawing Rafael on, tearing him from his mother's arms after crazing him with love?

    The Torrent

    Vicente Blasco Ibaez

  • It was all crazing him, and his nails bit into his palms as he sat there, silent and heavy-breathed.

  • Next he looked about him for some shelter from the scorching and crazing sunshine.

  • But how can I believe she does when I see that it is breaking her poor heart, and crazing her brain, and killing her?

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

British Dictionary definitions for crazing



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 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 crazing



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 ...."

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