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crazy

[krey-zee] /ˈkreɪ zi/
adjective, crazier, craziest.
1.
mentally deranged; demented; insane.
2.
senseless; impractical; totally unsound:
a crazy scheme.
3.
Informal. intensely enthusiastic; passionately excited:
crazy about baseball.
4.
Informal. very enamored or infatuated (usually followed by about):
He was crazy about her.
5.
Informal. intensely anxious or eager; impatient:
I'm crazy to try those new skis.
6.
Informal. unusual; bizarre; singular:
She always wears a crazy hat.
7.
Slang. wonderful; excellent; perfect:
That's crazy, man, crazy.
8.
likely to break or fall to pieces.
9.
weak, infirm, or sickly.
10.
having an unusual, unexpected, or random quality, behavior, result, pattern, etc.:
a crazy reel that spins in either direction.
noun, plural crazies.
11.
Slang. an unpredictable, nonconforming person; oddball:
a house full of crazies who wear weird clothes and come in at all hours.
12.
the crazies, Slang. a sense of extreme unease, nervousness, or panic; extreme jitters:
The crew was starting to get the crazies from being cooped up belowdecks for so long.
Idioms
13.
like crazy,
  1. Slang. with great enthusiasm or energy; to an extreme:
    We shopped like crazy and bought all our Christmas gifts in one afternoon.
  2. with great speed or recklessness:
    He drives like crazy once he's out on the highway.
Origin of crazy
1570-1580
1570-80; craze + -y1
Related forms
crazily, adverb
craziness, noun
half-crazy, adjective
Synonyms
1. crazed, lunatic. See mad. 2. foolish, imprudent, foolhardy. 8. rickety, shaky, tottering.
Antonyms
1. sane. 3. calm, dispassionate. 8. stable. 9. strong; healthy.
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  • He stood muttering to himself of his friend and his craziness.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • But I know it is all foolishness, as well as you do, all craziness.

    Questionable Shapes William Dean Howells
  • That trick of running away seems to be handed down in families, like craziness or gout.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Take a hundred or two or three and panic them all, and there's no limit to their craziness!

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • They were a most mad ten days, but Kim enjoyed himself too much to reflect on their craziness.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for craziness

crazy

/ˈkreɪzɪ/
adjective -zier, -ziest
1.
(informal) insane
2.
fantastic; strange; ridiculous: a crazy dream
3.
(postpositive; foll by about or over) (informal) extremely fond (of)
4.
(slang) very good or excellent
noun (pl) crazies
5.
(informal) a crazy person
Derived Forms
crazily, adverb
craziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for craziness
n.

c.1600, "infirmity," from crazy + -ness. Meaning "state of being flawed or damaged" is from 1660s; that of mental unsoundness" is from 1755.

crazy

adj.

1570s, "diseased, sickly," from craze + -y (2). Meaning "full of cracks or flaws" is from 1580s; that of "of unsound mind, or behaving as so" is from 1610s. Jazz slang sense "cool, exciting" attested by 1927. To drive (someone) crazy is attested by 1873. Phrase crazy like a fox recorded from 1935. Crazy Horse, Teton Lakhota (Siouan) war leader (d.1877) translates thašuka witko, literally "his horse is crazy."

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Slang definitions & phrases for craziness

crazy

adjective

Excellent; splendid; cool: If you like a guy or gal, they're cool. If they are real fat, real crazy, naturally they're real cool (1940s+ Jazz musicians)

noun

An insane or eccentric person; loony: We're going to prevent the right-wing crazies from bombing and destroying (1867+)

Related Terms

like crazy, stir-crazy

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with craziness
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