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 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 The agent and his wife investigate further after discovering environmental damage including salmon large enough to swallow ducks, rabid raccoons, and giant tadpoles. Brooke Knisley, Vulture, "9 Eco-Horror Movies That Will Remind You to Be Nicer to the Earth," 22 Apr. 2021 After three rabid foxes were found in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta over the last few weeks, health officials from the region are asking residents to take precautionary measures. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Y-K Delta officials recommend residents vaccinate pets ‘as soon as possible’ after rabid foxes found," 21 Apr. 2021 Preventive treatment for rabies, which can be fatal, must be started as soon as possible and may be required for anyone who fed, handled or was attacked by the rabid cat, the health department said. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Rabid feral cat found in Ellicott City, Howard health department says," 14 Apr. 2021 And the rabid interest in the entire photogenic brood’s lives, broadcast to their 900 million collective Instagram followers, and as seen in a host of glossy magazines and tabloid sites. Washington Post, "The ‘Kardashians’ is ending. The Kardashians will never go away.," 8 Apr. 2021 The Illinois Department of Public Health has identified the first rabid bat of 2021 in Illinois. Zeta Cross, Washington Examiner, "Illinois officials remind residents after first rabid bat of 2021 identified," 5 Apr. 2021 Bitten by a rabid bat, a huge dog traps a Maine woman and her young son in their Ford Pinto. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 In Albuquerque, Pitino will have a more rabid following in The Pit than was the case during his disappointing tenure in The Barn. Star Tribune, "Rick Pitino long ago set in motion Richard Pitino's demise," 16 Mar. 2021 Will there still be a rabid viewer base once more people get the vaccine and experience life outside of their bubbles again? Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Circle and Too Hot to Handle are finally returning to Netflix: When you can watch," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Rabid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabid. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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