- The definition of a craze is a fad or a sudden and widespread interest in something.
When everyone suddenly becomes obsessed with a hot new band that came out of nowhere, this is an example of a craze.
- Craze is defined as to become wildly excited or insane.
A fan of an actor who becomes obsessed and stalks the actor is an example of craze by a fan.
transitive verbcrazed, crazing
- Obsolete to break or shatter
- to cause to become mentally ill; make insane
- to produce a crackled surface or small cracks in the glaze of (pottery, porcelain, etc.)
Origin of crazeMiddle English crasen, to crack, break ; from Scandinavian as in Danish krase, to crackle, Swedish krasa, to break up
- to become mentally ill
- Now Rare to break, shatter, crack, etc.
- to become finely cracked, as the glaze of pottery
- an exaggerated enthusiasm; mania
- something that is currently the fashion; fad
- a crack in glaze or enamel, as of pottery
verbcrazed crazed, craz·ing, craz·es
- To cause to become mentally deranged or obsessed.
- To produce a network of fine cracks in the surface or glaze of.
- To become mentally deranged or obsessed.
- To become covered with fine cracks.
- A short-lived popular fashion; a fad.
- A fine crack in a surface or glaze.
Origin of crazeMiddle English crasen, to shatter, of Scandinavian origin.
- Craziness; insanity.
- A strong habitual desire or fancy; a crotchet.
- A temporary passion or infatuation, as for same new amusement, pursuit, or fashion; as, the bric-a-brac craze; the aesthetic craze.
(third-person singular simple present crazes, present participle crazing, simple past and past participle crazed)
- To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit.
- To derange the intellect of; to render insane.
- To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane.
- (intransitive, archaic) To break into pieces; to crush; to grind to powder. See crase.
- (intransitive) To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.