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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Perhaps there was no other way to ensure the animal was not rabid, but the circumstances that led to this tragedy must be addressed. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Bobcat’s death highlights need to give wildlife space," 29 July 2019 Jones is known by many as the most visible fan of University of Kentucky college sports, who has created a media empire based on the school's rabid fan base. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones yanked from TV show amid US Senate speculation," 16 July 2019 Polansky, who grew up in New Jersey, spent parts of most summers living in Manhattan and going to Yankees and Mets games with his grandmother and two aunts, all of them rabid sports fans. Scott Allen, courant.com, "When Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Major League Baseball stood still," 18 July 2019 Dan now lives in Houston, and Jamie resides in Omaha, Nebraska, both of them having developed into rabid LSU fans. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Meet Joe Burrow: LSU's Toughest Renaissance Man and Maybe Savior at QB," 15 July 2019 The Bay Area hockey afficionados are a combination that is rabid for the Cup, yet respectful of the players and their privacy. Garrett Wroblewski/guest Columnist, The Mercury News, "Patrick Marleau to Sharks: A reunion not to be denied," 9 June 2019 Nike When Nike’s SNKRS app trips up, rabid sneaker fans go crazy. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Nike’s app for sneakerheads is fueling its digital business," 28 June 2019 The 23-year-old Kentucky native was a day removed from making his fifth cut in his young PGA Tour career, and was met on the first tee at TPC River Highlands by a swarm of rabid golf fans. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Travelers notebook: A Monday qualifier, Chip McDaniel seizes his opportunity in pairing with world’s best Koepka," 22 June 2019 But these are dangerous critiques against a star with not only powerful friends but a legion of rabid fans on social media ready to pounce at any whisper of negativity. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” wants to be a queer anthem. It also wants to sell you something.," 17 June 2019

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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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