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 alsoˈrā- \ 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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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 The good news is there is more — plenty more — for you rabid Forecastle Festival fans who like to wind down your night when the sun starts to rise. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Down a Red Bull and hit these 6 Forecastle Festival late-night shows," 9 July 2018 Land in an easy group, stir up a rabid fan base, and defy expectations. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Suddenly Looks Like it Belongs at its Own World Cup," 19 June 2018 Netflix’s surprisingly brilliant true crime parody American Vandal was overlooked despite boasting a rabid fandom. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Biggest Snubs and Surprises of the 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 This was heyday of Paris Hilton, and pre-meltdown Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, whose wild partying was captured by a rabid paparazzi who chastised their behavior while asking for more. refinery29.com, "Why Marie Antoinette Is Really Mean Girls, Versailles Edition," 10 July 2018 But in the World Cup, Osorio has had some of the best, and perhaps self-absorbed players in the world calling him a genius, and the best coaches in the world admonished by their own rabid fans for being out-prepped, out-coached by him. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dom Amore: UConn's Ray Reid Can Tell You All About Juan Carlos Osorio, World Cup Mastermind," 25 June 2018 Most others have been pushed to the fringe, sustained by rabid core fan bases consisting largely of gay men and hipsters, but not cultural sovereignty. Dj Louie Xiv, Vanities, "Has 2018 Killed the Pop Star?," 22 June 2018 But so rabid was enforcement that in 1930 the wealthy widow of the Broadway producer Oscar Hammerstein (the lyricist’s grandfather) was mistakenly arrested on prostitution charges, sparking an outcry and investigations. Julia M. Klein, BostonGlobe.com, "When America imprisoned ‘promiscuous’ women," 23 May 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 , 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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