- 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, craz′ing
- Obs. 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 Scand, 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, 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.