Green’s Dictionary of Slang

crazy adj.

1. [mid-19C+] keen on, enthusiastic.

2. [1940s+] (US black/beatnik) a general intensifier, wonderful, amazing, weird, bizarre, according to context.

3. [1980s+] (US black) a lot, great in quantity, usu. of money.

4. (US black) outstanding.

In compounds

crazy fence boys (n.)

[1980s] (US prison) inmates who wish to or are planning to escape.

In phrases

crazy for (adj.) (also crazy about)

[20C+] extremely enthusiastic, obsessed by.

SE in slang uses

In compounds


see separate entries.

crazy-back (n.)

[late 19C] a foolish young woman.

crazy coke (n.) [coke n.1 (1)]

[1970s+] (drugs) phencyclidine.

crazy nigger (n.)

[1960s–70s] an independent black man, who refuses to accept an inferior social role.

crazy pill (n.)


crazy rim (n.)

[1960s] (US black) a desirable style of hat.

crazy timbers (n.)

[early 19C] ribs.

crazy water (n.) [its effects]

[1930s–50s] (Can./US) whisky.

In phrases