ra·​bid | \ ˈra-bəd also ˈrā- How to pronounce rabid (audio) \

Definition of rabid

1a : extremely violent : furious
b : going to extreme lengths in expressing or pursuing a feeling, interest, or opinion rabid editorials a rabid supporter
2 : affected with rabies

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Other Words from rabid

rabidity \ rə-​ˈbi-​də-​tē How to pronounce rabidity (audio) , ra-​ , rā-​ \ noun
rabidly \ ˈra-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce rabidly (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ adverb
rabidness noun

Examples of rabid in a Sentence

a politician with rabid supporters Her husband is a rabid baseball fan.

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Police cornered the rabid coyote Thursday night near the Dunwoodie golf course in Yonkers. CBS News, "Coyote that bit 8 people in New York tests positive for rabies," 5 Mar. 2018 The incident prompted international attention, and rabid speculation as to who was controlling the rogue UAV. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Know So Alarmingly Little About How a Drone Shut Down an Airport for Two Days," 3 Jan. 2019 According to the Press Herald, Galen was the third person to encounter a rabid fox in the Brunswick area in the past 10 days. Brett Molina, ajc, "95-year-old Maine man kills rabid fox with broken wooden plank," 2 July 2018 According to the Press Herald, Galen was the third person to encounter a rabid fox in the Brunswick area in the last 10 days. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "95-year-old Maine man kills rabid fox with broken wooden plank he was carrying," 2 July 2018 The title match, which Atlanta is hosting at its own Mercedes-Benz Stadium, showcases MLS’s ability to grow large, rabid followings. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Major League Soccer Final Showcases Real Growth, Fake Grass," 7 Dec. 2018 The situation escalated into a rabid mob attacking a small van carrying a few protestors. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Gerilyn, Tbilisi’s Queen of Drag," 21 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesKarwai Tang People practically go rabid at the chance to dress like a royal. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Beat Meghan Markle Out as the Top Royal Influencer of the Year," 9 Sep. 2018 Intel chiefs claim their rabid anti-Trump behavior is patriotism. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of rabid

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for rabid

Latin rabidus mad, from rabere

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Rabi al-Thani






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English Language Learners Definition of rabid

: affected with rabies
: having or expressing a very extreme opinion about or interest in something


ra·​bid | \ ˈra-bəd How to pronounce rabid (audio) , ˈrā-\

Kids Definition of rabid

1 : very angry : furious
2 : having or expressing a very extreme opinion about or interest in something a rabid fan
3 : affected with rabies a rabid dog

Other Words from rabid

rabidly adverb


ra·​bid | \ ˈrab-əd also ˈrā-bəd\

Medical Definition of rabid

: affected with rabies a rabid dog

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