ra·​bid | \ˈra-bəd also ˈrā- \

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 , ra-​, rā-​ \ noun
rabidly \ ˈra-​bəd-​lē 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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But even an Oscar winner isn't enough to distract rabid Lush fans from asking incisive product questions and fawning over their styling cream. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Employee Goes Viral for Being Leonardo DiCaprio's Doppelgänger," 15 Aug. 2018 Police officers say the dogs travel in packs of five to seven; according to tests performed on several animals linked to the attacks, none were rabid. New York Times, "Killer Dogs Take 14 Lives. Did Closing Slaughterhouses Play a Role?," 22 May 2018 After only three pitching starts and 14 plate appearances, all under conditions that don't count, the speculation is as rabid as the expectation that daily dogs Shohei Ohtani. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "Scrutiny grows as Angels' plan for Shohei Ohtani begins to falter in spring training," 11 Mar. 2018 The Johnson County Health Department is advising residents to make sure their pets are vaccinated for rabies, after a rabid bat was found in the county. Andy Marso, kansascity, "After JoCo bat tests positive for rabies, health department warns residents of danger," 10 July 2018 Steven Pitt was a long-time and rabid fan of the Michigan State Spartans and loved to tease colleagues about their rival college teams. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Forensic psychiatrist who was killed remembered for humor, tenacity," 4 June 2018 The rabid crowd chanted at the top of its lungs through O Canada … and then die-hards somehow found a way to turn the volume up to 11 as Amirante sang a rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner that no one could hear. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Re-live one of the greatest national anthems at any sports game," 17 Apr. 2018 The project is reminiscent of Aronofsky’s unjustly loathed mother!, which was also about the fearsome power of our only home, and also shot like Aronofsky was escaping from a pack of rabid wolves. Zach Baron, GQ, "The Astronaut Who Stars in the Craziest Show on Cable," 11 Apr. 2018 In those days, Billingsley was merely a rabid college football fan in Houston whose rankings were good enough to be published in a neighborhood newspaper. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 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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Dictionary Entries near rabid

Rabi al-Awwal

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, 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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