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

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.
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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Rabid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabid. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for rabid


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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