ra·​bid | \ ˈra-bəd How to pronounce rabid (audio) 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 rabid (audio) , ra-​ , rā-​ \ noun
rabidly \ ˈra-​bəd-​lē How to pronounce rabid (audio) also  ˈrā-​ \ adverb
rabidness noun

Examples of rabid in a Sentence

a politician with rabid supporters Her husband is a rabid baseball fan.
Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the party at this point is led by the propaganda network (parts of which are in turn captured by their increasingly rabid audiences). Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 12 June 2021 And in just all-around bad taste: Old Yeller: A still-rabid Kimberly Guilfoyle is finally put down just before the 2024 Republican Convention. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Under our Constitution, Trump cannot be reinstated, which seems to leave the most rabid and ill-informed of his supporters with the coup option. Michael D'antonio, CNN, 3 June 2021 Five hundred candidates showed up, including Sherry Davis, a legal secretary and rabid Giants fan. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 May 2021 Not enough to derail the sketch, no, and even the walk-ons (Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney as rabid drummers, and Chloe Fineman as a prancing violinist) are giving it their all. Matthew Love, Vulture, 23 May 2021 In 2021, seven rabid animals have been detected in Michigan. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 21 May 2021 That’s how college football works, with the head coach atop his own little empire and rabid, local, passionate fan bases rarely, if ever, willing to risk his wrath for fear of undermining a successful program. BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2021 Even with supply limited, Sony should have no trouble meeting that goal given the rabid demand. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Rabid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabid. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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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