crazy

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crazy intensely enthusiastic about or preoccupied with "crazy about cars and racing","he is potty about her"
    • adj crazy possessed by inordinate excitement "the crowd went crazy","was crazy to try his new bicycle"
    • adj crazy bizarre or fantastic "had a crazy dream","wore a crazy hat"
    • adj crazy foolish; totally unsound "a crazy scheme","half-baked ideas","a screwball proposal without a prayer of working"
    • adj crazy affected with madness or insanity "a man who had gone mad"
    • n crazy someone deranged and possibly dangerous
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tallest freestanding sculpture in the world is Chief Crazy Horse in South Dakota, USA
    • Crazy Broken, weakened, or dissordered in intellect; shattered; demented; deranged. "Over moist and crazy brains."
    • Crazy Characterized by weakness or feebleness; decrepit; broken; falling to decay; shaky; unsafe. "Piles of mean and crazy houses.""One of great riches, but a crazy constitution.""They . . . got a crazy boat to carry them to the island."
    • Crazy Inordinately desirous; foolishly eager. "The girls were crazy to be introduced to him."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.
    • crazy Broken; impaired; dilapidated; weak; feeble: applied to any structure, but especially to a building or to a boat or a coach: as, a crazy old house or vessel.
    • crazy Broken, weakened, or disordered in intellect; deranged; insane; demented.
    • crazy Caused by or arising from mental derangement; marked by or manifesting insanity: as, a crazy speech; crazy actions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crazy frail: insane: demented
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Quotations

  • Doug Horton
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    “No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “Don't be crazy to do a lot of things you can't do .”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
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    “The world thinks eccentricity in great things is genius, but in small things, only crazy.”
  • J. Richard Munro
    J. Richard Munro
    “It first appeared like a crazy idea. It turned out he had a great idea.”
  • Waylon Jennings
    Waylon Jennings
    “I may be crazy but it keeps me from going insane.”
  • Peggy Noonan
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    “If you commit a big crime then you are crazy, and the more heinous the crime the crazier you must be. Therefore you are not responsible, and nothing is your fault.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Craze
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand.; Sw. krasa, Dan. krase, to crackle; whence also Fr. écraser, to crush.

Usage

In literature:

The idea of that old hag's saying those children are so naughty they ran their mother crazy!
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
I've been in drydock here till I'm pretty nearly crazy.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I've kept you here gassing when I know you're crazy to get to work.
"Miss Pat at School" by Pemberton Ginther
Stone's companions under instructions had left him and returned to Doubleday's before the shot across the Crazy Woman.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Of course you didn't do no such crazy thing!
"The Best Short Stories of 1919" by Various
You've been plumb crazy and you're crazy now.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
You're getting my crazy notion, that isn't so crazy.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
He was crazy and came rushing straight home to make Ma drop everything she was doing and go down to Hicks's.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
Crazy was, it appeared, a useless, good-for-nothing beast, a disgrace to a decent Elder's house, and I was ordered to stone him home.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
You know there's one line in my mother's family that was always crazy about the woods.
"The Squirrel-Cage" by Dorothy Canfield
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In poetry:

And then he remarked with a frown,
"I suppose that I must have a gown;
I'll make me a kilt
Of this old crazy-quilt,
To wear when I'm going to town.
"The Erratic Rat" by Carolyn Wells
Besides, it can be seen at sight,
Our slaves, if freed, would turn out lazy;
And if the "fanatics" are right,
The Scriptures' wrong, or we are crazy.
"The Slave-Holder’s Apology" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
An' oh! de girl use to mak' us crazy--
For many a fine girl Pierre has got--
Right on de jomp too--never lazy,
But Sophie’s de fines' wan of de lot.
"Snubbing (Tying-up) The Raft" by William Henry Drummond
There goes mad Poll, dressed in wild flowers,
Poor, crazy Poll, now old and wan;
Her hair all down, like any child:
She swings her two arms like a man.
"Mad Poll" by William H Davies
All this delight, devotion and desire!
We'll fling ourselves into September's riot!
Immure yourself within the autumn's rustle
Entirely: go crazy, or be quiet!
"Autumn" by Boris Pasternak
A'a awm feeared tha's come too sooin,
Little daisy!
Pray, whativer wor ta doin?
Are ta crazy?
Winter winds are blowin' yet,--
Tha'll be starved, mi little pet.
"To A Daisy, Found Blooming March 7th" by John Hartley

In news:

We need to make sure whoever it is we talk to on Facebook ISN'T Crazy.
Want to go completely crochet crazy, try this…a whole crocheted room.
LEE POPE is crazy for Brian Friel.
Everybody went through my carnitas like crazy.
Crazy Horses and Cuddly Koalas.
Mural Curatorship Gets Crazy on Gideon's Wall.
Dada Life consists of Stefan Engblom and Olle Corneer, two crazy characters who make sure their shows are unforgettable with their giant banana inflatables, champagne inflatables, and enormous energy.
The Stand On McKinney Avenue Has Some Crazy Mac And Cheese.
Choose from Justin Barcia scrubbing like crazy, Chris Birch jamming across the South American Desert or Blake Williams' long lost twin hucking himself on a glorified street bike.
Wild Bill is Tuscaloosa's favorite crazy man.
Chances are that most folks know of Darth Vato as that crazy-ass party band that plays TCU a lot.
How nice of Help Remedies, the pharma boutique with the crazy advertising, to send David Petraeus some headache medicine this week.
What crazy quarterback surprise does UK have in store for UT.
What is it about storms that brings out the crazy people.
Teve Martin is known for his versatility, equally at home playing a Wild and Crazy Guy, the Jerk or a modern-day Cyrano de Bergerac.
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In science:

The reason is that, for our intuition, the claims of civilizations much more advanced than us must necessarily sound ridiculous, hilarious, crazy, science fiction ideas.
Brane Worlds, the Subanthropic Principle and the Undetectability Conjecture
Heisenberg’s failed unified field theory), it is not that at first glance this conjecture seems to be crazy, but if it is crazy enough to be true.
The clouds of physics and Einstein's last query: Can quantum mechanics be derived from general relativity?
However, if the numberline has gaps, still there can be crazy motions.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
The basic idea is that the Universe couldn’t have been too crazy at z ∼ 1000, otherwise the microwave sky would appear very different.
New physics from the Cosmic Microwave Background
On the first day of the Workshop, Komamiya asked, in his talk on “Chages to Participants”, to our P5-WG (New/Alternative Physics Working Group) to investigate New and Crazy Ideas.
New Physics Working Group Summary of LCWS2000 at FNAL
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