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 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Still, given its rabid popularity on the world’s largest internet marketplace, the Linkin Park Minutes to Midnight logo may very well be one of most popular T-shirt designs in the world. Noelle Mateer, Wired, "Linkin Park T-Shirts Are All the Rage in China," 9 July 2020 In 2019, the CDC announced a temporary ban on dogs from Egypt following the imports of three rabid dogs, including one brought in by a Kansas City-area rescue group. Kim Kavin, Washington Post, "A plane packed with hundreds of dogs landed in Canada. On board were 38 dead puppies.," 24 June 2020 And not in a good way, after Gundy appeared in a picture wearing a T-shirt displaying One America News Network, a controversial conservative TV station owned by Robert Herring, a rabid supporter of President Donald Trump. oregonlive, "Mike Gundy, Chuba Hubbard of Oklahoma State, Oregon State’s season-opening opponent, hug it out following controversial T-shirt picture," 15 June 2020 The traditions of hundreds of thousands of rabid fans give IMS its soul, as Pagenaud said, but that race is what brings it to life. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Why fans are vital to the Indy 500: 'A 500 without fans is a 500 I don't wanna race'," 13 June 2020 Yet these fan bases are just as huge, rabid, and opinionated as any in comics. Hallie Lieberman, Wired, "The Musk of Romance," 11 June 2020 All those packs of raucous kids gone, all that rabid energy. Megan Abbott, New York Times, "‘The Streets Look So Empty’: How a Child Killer Haunted My First Novel," 1 May 2020 But there’s not that kind of rabid desire that there was before. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, "Doctors anticipate patient requests for experimental remdesivir before all the evidence comes in," 30 Apr. 2020 But instilling a love for the outdoors in any child is a delicate balance between too little and too much exposure to your occasionally rabid enthusiasms. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Get Kids Interested in Camping," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of rabid was in 1594

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1 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rabid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabid. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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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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