- irrational, incoherent talk: Putting him in a straitjacket did not stop his ravings.
- wildly extravagant or outrageous talk; bombast.
Origin of raving
verb (used without object), raved, rav·ing.
verb (used with object), raved, rav·ing.
Origin of rave1
Examples from the Web for raving
Charles “Father” Coughlin, a raving anti-Semite, was one of the most popular radio hosts in the country.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Forget SoulCycle—the newest fitness craze is early morning raving, complete with DJs, costumes, and organic smoothies.The Drug-Free Breakfast Rave Is New York’s Latest Exercise Trend|Jessica Burdon|May 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For those who do not trust the government, it is an excuse for ranting and raving instead of legislating compromised reform.
The Senate minority leader was raving mad, and spouting nonsense.
Let's not even bother with the obvious historical inaccuracy of this raving.
During this whole time I had been raving under a cerebral fever, death hovering over me.Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet|Captain Marryat
She lay tossing on her feverish bed, raving wildly, consumed with burning heat, never resting night or day.A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
"You killed my father and ruined his life," she went on, raving.The Beggar Man|Ruby Mildred Ayres
Do you call it raving to give one's goods to the Church and the poor Mendicants?The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. V. (of V.)|Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
Theres a man been raving around here like a crazy man, declaring he has to send a telegram.The Radio Boys at Mountain Pass|Allen Chapman
- delirious; frenzied
- (as adverb)raving mad
- enthusiastic or extravagant praise
- (as modifier)a rave review
- Also called: rave-up a party
- a professionally organized party for young people, with electronic dance music, sometimes held in a field or disused building
Word Origin for rave
Word Origin for rave
late 15c., "delirious, frenzied," present participle adjective from rave (v.); sense of "remarkable, fit to excite admiration" is from 1841, hence slang superlative use.
early 14c., "to show signs of madness or delirium," from Old French raver, variant of resver "to dream; wander here and there, prowl; behave madly, be crazy," of unknown origin (cf. reverie). The identical (in form) verb meaning "to wander, stray, rove" first appeared c.1300 in Scottish and northern dialect, and is probably from an unrelated Scandinavian word (cf. Icelandic rafa). Sense of "talk enthusiastically about" first recorded 1704. Related: Raved; raving.
"act of raving," 1590s, from rave (v.). Meaning "temporary popular enthusiasm" is from 1902; that of "highly flattering review" is from 1926. Sense of "rowdy party" is from 1960; rave-up was British slang for "wild party" from 1940; specific modern sense of "mass party with loud, fast electronic music and often psychedelic drugs" is from 1989.
see rant and rave; stark raving mad.