From Middle English crasen (“to crush, break, break to pieces, shatter, craze”), from Old Norse *krasa (“to shatter”). Cognate with Danish krase (“to crack, crackle”), Swedish krasa (“to crack, crackle”), Norwegian krasa (“to shatter, crush”), Icelandic krasa (“to crackle”).
- Rhymes: -eɪz
craze (plural crazes)
- 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.
- (ceramics) A crack in the glaze or enamel caused by exposure of the pottery to great or irregular heat.
- To weaken; to impair; to render decrepit.
- Till length of years, / And sedentary numbness, craze my limbs.
- To derange the intellect of; to render insane.
- any man […] that is crazed and out of his wits
- Grief hath crazed my wits.
- To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane.
- She would weep and he would craze.
- (transitive, intransitive, archaic) To break into pieces; to crush; to grind to powder. See crase.
- God, looking forth, will trouble all his host, / And craze their chariot wheels.
- (transitive, intransitive) To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery.