Definition of craze in English:

craze

noun

  • An enthusiasm for a particular activity or object which appears suddenly and achieves widespread but short-lived popularity.

    ‘the new craze for step aerobics’
    • ‘Thereafter England also enthusiastically embraced the craze for Egyptian antiquities.’
    • ‘The salon organizers have made prints a special highlight of this year's event, hoping to start a craze for print collecting in China.’
    • ‘The craze for watching football matches triggers a paranoid outburst.’
    • ‘While thousands rush to revamp interiors in the ongoing craze for home improvement programmes, more than 2.5 million homes in the UK need substantial repairs.’
    • ‘When Coco Chanel started the craze for suntans in the 1920s, only those who could afford to head for warmer shores were able to indulge in the new fashion.’
    • ‘Towards Christmas, expect to see knits which have taken the fashion craze for extravagance the whole way - and why not?’
    • ‘We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.’
    • ‘So perhaps the craze for entering beauty contests is based on some hard-nosed assumptions.’
    • ‘A craze for wacky weddings has grown since marriage laws were widened to include a vast range of potential venues.’
    • ‘The grading system may put an end to the craze for ranks, but it will open a bee-hive of new problems.’
    • ‘Come to think of it, videocassette tapes never really became very popular, though there was quite a craze for them soon after they were introduced in the market.’
    • ‘He also commented on the current craze for Blogs - which he described as online diaries, many of them read only by the writer.’
    • ‘I think when the craze for Indian classical music started in the 60s it was a lot more superficial thing than it is now.’
    • ‘In the world of investment, gold is also highly sought after, but the current craze for this commodity has nothing to do with the festive season.’
    • ‘Several business commentators highlighted the importance of television in fueling the craze for space toys and apparel.’
    • ‘She read a wedding planner for inspiration, and learned about a new craze for hot air balloon weddings.’
    • ‘Instead, huge stages were erected in public places to cater to the local craze for music, particularly dangdut, a local musical genre mixing Arabic and Indian influences.’
    • ‘Once the craze for motorcycles caught on, manufacturers began unveiling new models capable of higher speeds, better breaking and sporting sleeker designs.’
    • ‘The first craze for learning English in Shanghai occurred in the 1860s, according to a paper recently submitted to a Fudan University symposium.’
    • ‘Japanese arts and crafts exercised such a hold over European and American imaginations that in the late 19th century there was a craze for everything from fans to porcelain.’
    fad, vogue, trend, fashion, enthusiasm, passion, infatuation, love, obsession, mania, compulsion, fixation, fetish, weakness, fancy, taste, novelty, whim, fascination, preoccupation, rage
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (someone) insane or wildly out of control.

    ‘crazed by hunger, the population began to turn on the rebels’
    • ‘Never before have we been so crazed by the speed of communication.’
    • ‘We are all of us crazed by exhaustion and fear of the unknown.’
    • ‘Eva starts losing her perspective in a small Icelandic frontier village, crazed by guilt and superstition.’
    • ‘Crazed by hunger and thirst, his men had been shooting and reloading without sleep for three days.’
    • ‘Character is mourning and crazed by grief.’
    • ‘Both films centre on desperate people crazed by the prospect of wealth.’
    • ‘Crazed by hunger, the population began to turn on the rebels.’
    • ‘People became crazed by the idea that they didn't get it.’
    • ‘Loneliness crazed her mind.’
    • ‘ I'm sure you'll recall the mad anticipation that was crazing the world.’
    mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, certifiable, lunatic, wild, raving, distraught, berserk, manic, maniac, frenzied, hysterical, psychopathic
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  • 2Produce a network of fine cracks on (a surface)

    ‘the loch was frozen over but crazed with cracks’
    • ‘From a distance, it could be plaster of Paris, but up close there is no mistaking the fine, crazed lines of human skin.’
    • ‘Tap the shells with the back of a spoon to craze them, then peel.’
    • ‘The works feature bits of architecture, coloured blobs over the top and crazed, raised surfaces of paint, all lovingly laid down on miniature rectangles of MDF.’
    • ‘Recently I picked up a slightly crazed Edwardian wall tile, part of an incomplete design, only to drop it in horror at being asked for €10 a piece.’
    • ‘There is no suggestion that that sample panels exhibited crazing or cracking.’
    • ‘True, old wear produces smooth spider web crazing and softened edges.’
    • ‘An authentic example will almost certainly show crazing, similar to that found on old oil paintings.’
    • ‘But to some people, the various stains, scratches, and crazing that accumulate with the passage of time on a concrete countertop aren't blemishes at all but a patina to be valued.’
    • ‘Cleaning and sealing the surface will help prevent further crazing, but the long-term solution is to resurface.’
    1. 2.1no object Develop fine cracks.
      ‘internal stresses often caused the glue to craze’
      • ‘Such contact can cause crazing - the development of small cracks - in the material.’
      • ‘They will cause the plastic to craze with minute cracks.’
      • ‘In addition, Roma found that Makrolon will craze, but the cracks won't propagate all the way through the material.’
      • ‘In the world where she was most alive, the sun split in the sky, the earth erupted, her body was torn to pieces, her teeth and bones crazed and broken to fragments.’
      • ‘In this case chemical agents penetrate the plastic, causing swelling, softening, charring, crazing, delamination, blistering, embrittlement, discoloration, dissolving, and ultimate failure.’
      • ‘Its surface had become heavily crazed, making it impossible to examine the specimen, so the balsam was removed with xylene.’
      crack, split, fissure, crevice, break, rupture, breach, rift, cleft, slit, chink, gap, cranny, interstice, opening, aperture, rent
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘break, produce cracks’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish krasa ‘crunch’.

Pronunciation

craze

/kreɪz/