raving

[ rey-ving ]
/ ˈreɪ vɪŋ /

adjective

talking wildly; delirious; frenzied: a raving maniac.
Informal. extraordinary or remarkable: a raving beauty.

adverb

furiously or wildly: a remark that made me raving mad.

noun

Usually ravings.
  1. irrational, incoherent talk: Putting him in a straitjacket did not stop his ravings.
  2. wildly extravagant or outrageous talk; bombast.

Nearby words

  1. ravi,
  2. ravigote,
  3. ravin,
  4. ravine,
  5. ravined,
  6. ravingly,
  7. ravings,
  8. ravioli,
  9. ravish,
  10. ravishing

Origin of raving

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at rave1, -ing2, -ing1

Related formsrav·ing·ly, adverbun·rav·ing, adjective

Origin of rave

1
1325–75; 1915–25 for def 2; Middle English raven (v.), probably < Middle French resver to wander, be delirious

Related formsrav·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for raving

raving

/ (ˈreɪvɪŋ) /

adjective

  1. delirious; frenzied
  2. (as adverb)raving mad
informal (intensifier)a raving beauty

noun

(usually plural) frenzied, irrational, or wildly extravagant talk or utterances
Derived Formsravingly, adverb

rave

1
/ (reɪv) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for rave

C14 raven, apparently from Old French resver to wander

rave

2
/ (reɪv) /

noun

a vertical sidepiece on a wagon

Word Origin for rave

C16: modification of dialect rathe, of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for raving
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Idioms and Phrases with raving

rave

see rant and rave; stark raving mad.

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