craze (for something) an enthusiastic interest in something that is shared by many people but that usually does not last very long; a thing that people have a craze for synonym fad the latest fitness craze to sweep the country Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘break, produce cracks’): perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish krasa
‘crunch’.Extra examples Doctors warned of the latest drug craze to sweep America. Is this interest in health foods just a passing craze? It’s the latest craze to hit San Francisco. The princess started a craze for huge earrings. the craze for fashionable sports clothing the latest craze among children I don’t understand this craze for collecting labels. Pet pigs are the latest craze.