craze

craze (v.) mid-14c., "to shatter," probably ultimately from a Scandinavian source, e.g. O.N. *krasa "shatter," but entering English via an Old French form (Cf. Mod.Fr. écraser). Related: Crazed; crazing. Now-obsolete metaphoric use for "break down in health" (late 15c.) led to noun sense of "mental breakdown." Extension to "mania, fad," is first recorded 1813. Original sense preserved in crazy quilt pattern and in reference to pottery glazing (1832).

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  • Craze — Craze, v. i. 1. To be crazed, or to act or appear as one that is crazed; to rave; to become insane. [1913 Webster] She would weep and he would craze. Keats. [1913 Webster] 2. To crack, as the glazing of porcelain or pottery. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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