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adjective; clipping crazy
(also cray cray) crazy, extreme, out of the normal expectations, something that is unbelievable, someone who behaves out of normal standards or similar to one who is mentally deranged. : clipping of the word crazy which comes from 1570s, "diseased, sickly," and craze + -y meaning "full of cracks or flaws" 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. The word underwent melioration to mean extreme or out of norms from its original meaning of mentally insane.
 
“She wanted to go to the party before the midterm – tots cray cray.”
Etymology : : clipping of the word crazy which comes from 1570s, "diseased, sickly," and craze + -y meaning "full of cracks or flaws" 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. The word underwent melioration to mean extreme or out of norms from its original meaning of mentally insane.
Source : October 2013 - conversation with friend
Last modified: 26 November 2013


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