Main meanings of cray in English

: cray1cray2

cray1

Pronunciation /kreɪ/

noun

Australian, New Zealand
  • A crayfish.

    ‘Small European crayfish and larger signal crays form a large part of a carp's diet.’
    • ‘The price was about 20 percent higher this year so that was a win as long as you caught the crays.’
    • ‘Instead he worked on a cray boat in Dongara, then later moved to Geraldton where he stacked bricks.’
    • ‘He was charging the cray fishermen a fee to cross Maori land to launch their boats.’
    • ‘The workshop produces about six cray fishing vessels a year.’
    • ‘Well, so far the islands are actually so difficult to get to it's only cray fishermen that tend to occasionally visit the island.’

Origin

Early 20th century abbreviation.

Main meanings of cray in English

: cray1cray2

cray2

(also cray cray)

Pronunciation /kreɪ/

adjective

informal US
  • Crazy.

    • ‘I have a feeling this is gonna get cray’
    • ‘she's cray cray’
    • ‘While filming at her old college stomping ground in Arizona, the reality TV couple got a little cray!’
    • ‘While the experience would make even the most stable person go a little cray, Sam seems to have remained a pretty normal chick.’
    • ‘Doing this night after night was pretty cray, but I loved every minute of it.’
    • ‘You can act, sure, but those eyes are cray cray with paranoia.’
    • ‘Celebrity interviews can be cray sometimes.’
    • ‘Now, I didn't necessarily think that she needed to lose weight, but she clearly wanted to change some things, and she's been hitting up the gym like cray.’
    • ‘Yes, it's another movie about a man who goes cray looking for his daughter's kidnapper.’
    • ‘Today the interwebs went all kinds of cray when Beyonce did the unthinkable and revealed a super-short new 'do.’
    • ‘She be cray cray, but she's hella talented.’
    • ‘I know a lot of people just think he's totally cray (he is), but I also know he can be (and act) grown when he chooses to.’

Origin

Early 21st century abbreviation.