Definition of craze in English:

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Pronunciation: /krāz/


An enthusiasm for a particular activity or object that typically appears suddenly and achieves widespread but short-lived popularity: the latest craze for bungee jumping
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  • 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.
fad, fashion, trend, vogue, enthusiasm, mania, passion, rage, obsession, compulsion, fixation, fetish, fancy, taste, fascination, preoccupation
informal thing


[with object]
1 (usually as adjective crazed) Wildly insane or excited: a crazed killer power-crazed tinpot dictators
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  • He was very small, and looked terrified when four half-starved and dementedly crazed teenagers opened the door and almost burst out, their eyes bulging.
  • Her name would be splashed across the town weekly, her beaming smile belying the sick-to-her-stomach fear that some crazed madman was out there.
  • Some crazed drivers refuse to let children cross the road in safety and insist on driving around them, honking their horns and shaking their fists as they do.
mad, insane, psychotic, out of one's mind, deranged, demented, certifiable, psychopathic, lunatic;
wild, raving, berserk, manic, maniac, frenzied
informal crazy, mental, out of one's head, raving mad, psycho
vulgar slang batshit
See also crazy (sense 1)
2Produce a network of fine cracks on (a surface): the lake was frozen over but crazed with cracks
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  • 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.
2.1 [no object] Develop fine cracks.
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  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with craze

ablaze, amaze, appraise, baize, Blaise, blaze, braise, broderie anglaise, chaise, daze, écossaise, erase, faze, gaze, glaze, graze, Hayes, Hays, haze, laze, liaise, lyonnaise, maize, malaise, Marseillaise, mayonnaise, Mays, maze, phase, phrase, polonaise, praise, prase, raise, raze, upraise

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