Craziness



[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,

/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
n.

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

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

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