Definition of crazy in English:

crazy

adjectivecrazier, craziest

  • 1informal Mad, especially as manifested in wild or aggressive behaviour.

    ‘Stella went crazy and assaulted a visitor’
    ‘a crazy look’
    • ‘Everyone thought he went crazy, thought he was a madman.’
    • ‘About a year and a half after the marriage broke up, things started to get bad and I sort of lost it… I went crazy.’
    • ‘Though a sad, sick fan also went crazy and assaulted the referee.’
    • ‘Maybe I was going completely crazy, which I think I was.’
    • ‘You would have to be totally crazy to take it if you knew beforehand what could happen.’
    • ‘But I might be totally crazy, right?’
    • ‘Some would call you crazy to do what you did, fighting like a madman.’
    • ‘He said his 34-year-old nephew was like a son to him, but ‘this stupid, foolish, crazy act of murder’ has taken him away.’
    • ‘Most people thought Lincoln was crazy to fight a civil war where 620,000 people died in the North and South and the economy was destroyed.’
    • ‘Anyone would be crazy to be out on these roads on a bike.’
    • ‘A person would have to be crazy to suggest that it is.’
    • ‘I must be crazy to think that I'd be safe from mosquitoes in my own bathroom.’
    • ‘He looked at me as if I were just too crazy to be let out in public.’
    • ‘You'd have to be crazy to bring such obvious karmic repercussions down on yourself.’
    • ‘So people thought we were crazy to be dancing on the middle of the road.’
    • ‘The fact is, you'd have to be crazy to want to drive in central London, and it's been that way for 20 years or more.’
    • ‘Did anyone tell you you were crazy to be running around a desert battlefield at your age?’
    • ‘He said that he ‘just went a little bit crazy, mental.’’
    • ‘So while he comes out looking like the hapless victim of wilful misinterpretation, Carol is portrayed as mentally fragile and misguided, if not downright crazy.’
    • ‘They start by telling you the man was crazy or deranged and conclude by saying he was a liar.’
    mad, insane, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, not in one's right mind, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, mad as a hatter, mad as a March hare, stark mad
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    1. 1.1informal Extremely angry.
      ‘the noise was driving me crazy’
      • ‘He was driving her crazy acting like a stubborn child.’
      • ‘It made me want to say, ‘Hey, Charlotte, you're driving him crazy, he's a man, give him a break.’’
      • ‘Joe decided that he had to get his hair cut while we were on vacation, because it was ‘too long,’ and therefore driving him crazy.’
      • ‘And at the end of my two month's stay it was driving me crazy.’
      • ‘I have stopped doing that to her because I'm driving her crazy.’
      • ‘He hasn't said much to her since, and it's driving her crazy.’
      • ‘With the technology that's come down, it is driving us crazy.’
      • ‘But this job is unbearable and is really driving me crazy.’
      • ‘Is there something about someone you know or work with that is driving you crazy?’
      • ‘The installation went smoothly, but I'm getting these small reoccurring outages that are driving me crazy.’
      • ‘My private health insurance policy is driving me crazy!’
      • ‘Some of them are driving me crazy and I worry that I am becoming like teachers I had at school who just couldn't deal with certain classes.’
      • ‘Something is wrong with the photo site, and it is driving us crazy!’
      • ‘I clean them carefully but the itch is driving me crazy.’
      • ‘Also she quit her job a while back as it was driving her crazy.’
      • ‘Nowadays, rampant adaptations of movies and TV series are driving me crazy.’
      • ‘One of my colleagues asked me, a few hours in to the working day, whether the dripping sound was driving me crazy.’
      • ‘All this talk of the party was driving her crazy.’
      • ‘This whole thing with Eric is driving me crazy, Heather.’
      • ‘All those moments with Crystal were driving him crazy.’
      mad, crazy
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    2. 1.2informal Foolish.
      ‘it was crazy to hope that good might come out of this mess’
      • ‘She laughed again, as if the concept was too crazy to grasp.’
      • ‘It seems totally crazy to have left a good job in NZ to come here to be together and then have to spend less time ‘together’ than we did when I lived in NZ.’
      • ‘Not for the first time, I'm wondering if I'm crazy to be here.’
      • ‘Michele is simply crazy to open her blog like this.’
      • ‘Those Brits were crazy to retreat from Dunkirk!’
      • ‘Whatever you think about private or public provision it is crazy to think that any kind of conservation policy can co-exist with free or heavily subsidised water.’
      • ‘It would be crazy to think of introducing another by-law to supersede one we have not even introduced yet.’
      • ‘Maybe I'm crazy to think that people in power should be intelligent enough to conduct interviews and answer questions properly.’
      • ‘I mean, you'd have to be crazy to stand there facing an oncoming stampede of bison at full-throttle, everybody knows that.’
      • ‘It would be absolutely crazy to go beyond Croke Park.’
      • ‘You'd be crazy to get a normal CD-ROM on your machine now.’
      • ‘It would be crazy to run down stocks below the level at which they can be quickly replenished.’
      • ‘‘We know it would be crazy to say there should be no economic growth,’ he explained.’
      • ‘I'd be crazy to champion the person who could push me right off the board.’
      • ‘I'm told that I am crazy to think of moving to a really rural location, miles from the nearest town and the closest hospital.’
      • ‘I'd be crazy to put myself in a situation where I would feel compromised by my allegiance to the club.’
      • ‘She just kinda looked at me as though I was crazy to think she would slide down that thing again.’
      • ‘Other lawyers said he was crazy to gamble millions of his firm's hours and resources on what looked like lost causes.’
      • ‘People have told me that I'm crazy to do it but if I survive it will be an amazing trip.’
      • ‘To secular people it seems crazy, the triumph of religion over common sense.’
      absurd, preposterous, ridiculous, ludicrous, farcical, laughable, risible
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  • 2informal Extremely enthusiastic.

    ‘I'm crazy about Cindy’
    in combination ‘a football-crazy bunch of boys’
    • ‘And you were crazy about him, too, once, remember?’
    • ‘I like the melody of the acoustic guitar here, but I'm not crazy about the fact that it's acoustic guitar or that it's put with those other instruments.’
    • ‘No wonder some kids aren't so crazy about books.’
    • ‘I'm not so crazy about the evidence of the saltwater.’
    • ‘What's one thing about Mom that you're not crazy about?’
    • ‘I'm actually not too crazy about how this all happened.’
    • ‘The teacher, he admitted, wasn't crazy about his invention.’
    • ‘Just like his many fans, his TV family was crazy about him.’
    • ‘I don't know if I'm crazy about the idea - I like a consistent look & feel.’
    • ‘A few things contribute to why I'm so crazy about working out.’
    • ‘I am crazy about music and movies and, as a hobby, I am addicted to searching for CDs, VCDs and DVDs in whatever places I can find them.’
    • ‘I am not crazy about the color, but I love the design.’
    • ‘I mean, I knew from his scrapbook he was crazy about motorcycles.’
    • ‘She was originally signed strictly as a vocalist but she was not crazy about singing someone else's songs and insisted on having input in the writing process.’
    • ‘As long time readers of this blog know, basketball is the one sport I really am crazy about, college basketball in particular.’
    • ‘I'm not crazy about buying Zack a truck, but I'm willing to go for it.’
    • ‘I'd never had the experience before of growing disenchanted with a girlfriend who I'd once been so crazy about.’
    • ‘Another key reason that I'm crazy about marriage stems from the fact that it truly is a unique relationship, and one to be valued and cherished.’
    • ‘I was crazy about children (especially babies) and the ticking got louder.’
    • ‘I have two pairs of slippers now, but I'm not crazy about either one.’
    very enthusiastic, passionate, fanatical, excited
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  • 3informal (of an angle) appearing absurdly out of place or unlikely.

    ‘the monument leant at a crazy angle’
    • ‘He considered this, but he stifled his reply when he caught sight of a seemingly ordinary pile of rock that rose at a crazy angle out of the ground.’
    • ‘That night, as I closed my eyes to try to sleep, all I could see was the bow of the central hull, pointing at a crazy angle going full-throttle down a wave and accelerating into a wall of water.’
    • ‘He attempted the almost impossible, trying to squeeze the ball in from a crazy angle when really the pass to an attacking colleague was the only option.’
    • ‘Crows flap across the screen like escapees from an Edgar Allan Poe story, and the local country folk are filmed at crazy angles so they all look like a potential threat.’
    • ‘Three other blocks are still standing although one is at a crazy angle.’
    • ‘The only traces of the towers are a series of steel girders torn into crazy angles and already turning a rusty brown from the moisture coming off the nearby river.’
    • ‘A smaller apartment block lay at a crazy angle, the higher floors collapsed in on lower ones, which had been pulverised.’
    • ‘As in many Filipino homes, you occasionally see small lizards called geckos emerge from behind the sideboard, darting at crazy angles across the walls.’
    • ‘He leapt again - at the window this time, barely making it shudder as the chair bounced off it at a crazy angle, ballooned out of his hands and almost struck Owen in the head as it glided across the corridor.’
    • ‘Her body was crumbling: she was confined to a chair with an osteoporotic spine, and her neck seemed to have collapsed so that her head apparently sprouted from her upper chest at a crazy angle.’
    • ‘Furniture hung out of shattered windows at crazy angles.’
    • ‘The world spun and I found I was lying on the floor with a dazed guard sprawled across my legs, the whole cab tilting over to the left at a crazy angle.’
    • ‘She bounced it hard off the floor, and it careened off on a crazy angle.’
    • ‘The legs were gnarled and twisted, the left one bent at a crazy angle making the beast tip to one side slightly.’
    • ‘With a firm twist of her body, she got herself spiraling toward the ground at a crazy angle.’
    • ‘Sweeping shots and crazy angles seem to add to the tense, built-up vibe the movie is trying to get across.’
    • ‘Josie was wearing a floor long deep burgundy dress, her then blue hair pinned up at various crazy angles.’
    • ‘If a player drives in at a crazy angle, let him miss the shot and concentrate on the rebound.’
    • ‘The nearest vertical post shattered in a cloud of steam, and the tower tilted at a crazy angle, before ponderously toppling on those poor souls beneath it.’
    • ‘The fort they made was a hodgepodge of triangular spaces and crazy roof angles.’
    1. 3.1informal, archaic (of a ship or building) full of cracks or flaws; unsound.

adverb

informalNorth American as submodifier
  • Extremely.

    ‘I've been crazy busy’
    • ‘He wouldn't be called El Oso Blanco (The White Bear) if he weren't crazy strong.’
    • ‘Even if he did fight chumps his whole career the knockout ratio is crazy high.’
    • ‘This storm isn't crazy strong, but its ability to stir up the ocean and the major metropolitan areas it's hitting have everyone preparing for the worst.’
    • ‘Beachgoers shuffle back and forth from the bar, and it's crazy crowded.’
    • ‘September is crazy awesome.’
    • ‘The company make some nice TVs and they aren't crazy expensive like some brands.’
    • ‘In some restaurants service is crazy slow.’
    • ‘You get free updates, and downloads are crazy fast always!’
    • ‘So obviously Rich is crazy good at hysterical sharp dialogue.’
    • ‘The crazy high level of competition the Huskies have faced has, I fear, warped my view of the team.’
    • ‘I love their footwear range too, the designs are crazy cool.’
    • ‘The menu isn't crazy big and I'm assuming the business is on the new side.’

nouncrazies

informalNorth American
  • A mad person.

    ‘keep that crazy away from me’
    • ‘He had asked me to house-sit for him, which meant watering the lawn and making sure religious crazies and psycho vampire hunters didn't burn the place down while he was gone.’
    • ‘Fame has brought some unwanted attention: the crazies on the Internet now assail the site from time to time, sometimes with organized campaigns.’
    • ‘As an expatriate from the Great Lakes State (and someone born in mid-winter, which I like to think has something to do with it), I am one of those crazies who actually enjoy snowy winters.’
    • ‘And while that might work for certain other crazies running for Congress in ‘safe’ districts, it doesn't bode well for someone running for statewide office.’
    • ‘But the their problem is that through an unlucky confluence of events, a group of crazies have taken over, people who do not act, in general, in line with the beliefs of those who voted for them.’
    • ‘True, most of the people there were kooks, crazies.’

Phrases

    like crazy
    • 1informal To a great degree; very intensely.

      ‘we are just working like crazy’
      • ‘For some reason, that set them both off once more and they started laughing like crazy.’
      • ‘It's not too funny now but I remember than we had laughed like crazy.’
      • ‘Colours can be safe, soft and muted, bold and bright or even clash like crazy as long as your wardrobe is new and tailored to your best look and shape.’
      • ‘I looked at it instead of studying like crazy for my modern poetry exam.’
      • ‘By this time, alarm bells are buzzing like crazy, and I start to resign myself to the thought that I'm not getting it back.’
      • ‘They paid a lot of money to get this script, and we worked on it like crazy, it's a beautiful script.’
      • ‘The kids ran around like crazy, fortified only by burnt Bagel Bites and gallons of soda.’
      • ‘The guy is bleeding like crazy, but I can't stop until I am sure he's incapacitated.’
      • ‘The forwards spent most of the match running pell-mell into each other and then cheating like crazy at the breakdown.’
      • ‘The latter are better, but it means that you miss them like crazy.’
      1. 1.1In a very fast or unrestrained way.
        ‘another driver, who was driving like crazy, ran him off the road’
        • ‘Her jaw went slack for a moment, then she started smiling like crazy.’
        • ‘See I have a problem, on stage, alone, singing… my voice shakes like crazy.’
        • ‘In either case, his girl is standing there in front of him, moving around like crazy, just being smolderingly sexy.’
        • ‘May God rain down his blessings in your life like crazy!’
        • ‘I stood behind the front door fidgeting like crazy.’
        • ‘By this time, advertisers should be buying like crazy.’
        • ‘He was very hyperactive, going all over the place, running like crazy.’
        • ‘My bike leaks oil, vibrates like crazy, no handling.’
        • ‘Everyone started to cheer like crazy, including me!’
        • ‘I had to run around like crazy to find a free pay phone.’

Origin

Late 16th century (in sense ‘full of cracks’): from craze + -y.

Pronunciation

crazy

/ˈkreɪzi/