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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The hidden teasers have also given rise to a rabid online fandom that loves to spend time poring over every file, image, and piece of JavaScript on the show’s websites. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "A guide to Westworld’s viral marketing, for fans who don’t want to translate binary code," 6 Apr. 2018 March 19-24, 2019; Belk: Speaking of Pasek and Paul, this show won six Tonys last year and inspired rabid fandom via brilliant use of social media. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Just announced: What Broadway shows head to Charlotte next? Here’s the ’18-19 season | Charlotte Observer," 18 Mar. 2018 This drama was renewed for a fourth season last week, an unsurprising move considering its rabid following. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Dateline,’ With Meek Mill, and ‘Vida’," 6 May 2018 Victoria Arbiter thinks they will, if only to quell the rabid interest in unsanctioned pictures. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Not Pose for Hospital Photos With Their Newborn Baby," 4 Apr. 2019 My rabid enthusiasm for the book went beyond the fact its entire galaxy of amazing characters was Asian. Adele Lim, Glamour, "Crazy Rich Asians Is the Love Letter to My People I Never Had a Chance to Write," 17 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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