adjective Informal.

very eager or anxious; enthusiastic: raring to go.

Origin of raring

First recorded in 1905–10; rare3 + -ing2



verb (used without object), rared, rar·ing. Older Use.

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Related Words for raring

enthusiastic, keen, longing, ready, willing, itching

Examples from the Web for raring

Contemporary Examples of raring

Historical Examples of raring

  • That's fine—I'm just raring to go on a good one tonight—how about you?


    Richard F. Mann

  • Sitzky started as if shot, Raring at the tall man who approached with the smiling Sovereign of Graustark.


    George Barr McCutcheon

  • Each citizen was forced by law to take part in or contribute to "raring the Meeting hows."

  • He'd had his good night and good by with Sally Forman, but now eighteen hours later he was fit and raring for a return match.


    George Oliver Smith

  • But even if I haven't got the bill to pay, I don't feel so raving, raring mad to go to the hotel.

British Dictionary definitions for raring



ready; willing; enthusiastic (esp in the phrase raring to go)

Word Origin for raring

C20: from rare, variant of rear ²




not widely known; not frequently used or experienced; uncommon or unusuala rare word
occurring seldoma rare appearance
not widely distributed; not generally occurringa rare herb
(of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin; rarefied
uncommonly great; extremekind to a rare degree
exhibiting uncommon excellence; superlatively good or finerare skill
highly valued because of its uncommonnessa rare prize
Derived Formsrareness, noun

Word Origin for rare

C14: from Latin rārus sparse




(of meat, esp beef) very lightly cooked

Word Origin for rare

Old English hrēr; perhaps related to hreaw raw
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Word Origin and History for raring



"unusual," late 14c., "thin, airy, porous;" mid-15c., "few in number and widely separated, sparsely distributed, seldom found;" from Old French rere "sparse" (14c.), from Latin rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture; not thick; having intervals between, full of empty spaces," from PIE *ra-ro-, from root *ere- "to separate; adjoin" (cf. Sanskrit rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" Old Church Slavonic rediku "rare," Old Hittite arhaš "border," Lithuanian irti "to be dissolved"). "Few in number," hence, "unusual." Related: Rareness. In chemistry, rare earth is from 1818.



"undercooked," 1650s, variant of Middle English rere, from Old English hrere "lightly cooked," probably related to hreran "to stir, move, shake, agitate," from Proto-Germanic *hror- (cf. Old Frisian hrera "to stir, move," Old Saxon hrorian, Dutch roeren, German rühren, Old Norse hroera), from PIE base *kere- "to mix, confuse; cook" (cf. Greek kera- "to mix," krasis "mixture"). Originally of eggs, not recorded in reference to meat until 1784, and according to OED, in this sense "formerly often regarded as an Americanism, although it was current in many English dialects ...."



"rise up," 1833, dialectal variant of rear (v.). Sense of "eager" (in raring to go) first recorded 1909. Related: Rared; raring.

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