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.
Recent Examples on the Web Depp's rabid online fan base soon discovered that the product actually hadn't launched until December 2017, years after Heard alleges the abuse took place. Alaina Demopoulos, Allure, 20 May 2022 The massive demand for vinyl is even negatively impacting record stores nationwide in terms of keeping shelves stocked and appeasing a rabid fan base. Dart Adams, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 Ohio's top basketball recruit for the Class of 2023, Taft High School junior Rayvon Griffith will be a University of Cincinnati Bearcat to the delight of a rabid fan base hungry for a return to the NCAA tournament. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 1 May 2022 With this story, there’s so many rabid fans and internet sleuths. Sasha Urban, Variety, 5 May 2022 In 2021, 53 domestic animals were exposed to a rabid animal, but because the majority of pets are routinely vaccinated against the virus, Rigler said, transmission rates to and from pets remain low. Julie Luchetta, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2022 It is most often transmitted via the bite of a rabid animal — typically bats, skunks, raccoons, and foxes — and is usually fatal within a few weeks of symptoms starting. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 6 Jan. 2022 The case announced Friday is the second human bitten by a rabid animal in Autauga County this year, Jones said. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 19 Nov. 2021 Rabies is a fatal but preventable viral disease that can spread to people and pets through the bite or scratch of a rabid animal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Korin Miller, Health.com, 9 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Rabid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabid. Accessed 3 Jul. 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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