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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Because 3,000 miles across the pond, Henry and his Fenway Sports Group have spent nearly a decade running another storied club with a historic home, rabid fan base and uncanny knack for shooting itself in the foot. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "A Red Sox Strategy to Conquer the Premier League," 31 Oct. 2018 Will County’s first rabid bat of 2018 was found flying in an apartment in the 300 block of Stone Street in Joliet May 28. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Rabid bat removed from Naperville home," 11 June 2018 In January, a 6-year-old boy died after coming into contact with a rabid bat south of Umatilla. Jason Ruiter, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Dog stops rabid raccoon from 'chasing' kids, marking fourth rabid case in Lake in seven months," 21 Mar. 2018 The Veterans’ Military Museum in Edgecombe County is closed until further notice because of concerns about possibly rabid bats living in the building among the exhibits. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Possible rabid bat infestation closes NC military museum," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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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