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[rair-ing] /ˈrɛər ɪŋ/
adjective, Informal.
very eager or anxious; enthusiastic:
raring to go.
Origin of raring
1905-10; rare3 + -ing2


[rair] /rɛər/
verb (used without object), rared, raring. Older Use.
rear2 (def 6). Unabridged
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Examples from the web for raring
  • It spends its winters interned in subzero sleep, its tissues steel-rigid, and revives in the spring raring to go.
  • Since you will be raring to go, it is a good idea to choose worthy destinations.
  • At first, the apparition is happy to be free of his physical constraints and is raring to change the fortunes of any and all.
  • The students usually arrive at the school programs raring to go and ready to learn.
  • They were so anxious they were raring to be the first to go and would be the first to get killed.
  • Everyone was raring to go and making their final preparations for the first data collection in the morning.
British Dictionary definitions for raring


ready; willing; enthusiastic (esp in the phrase raring to go)
Word Origin
C20: from rare, variant of rear²


not widely known; not frequently used or experienced; uncommon or unusual: a rare word
occurring seldom: a rare appearance
not widely distributed; not generally occurring: a rare herb
(of a gas, esp the atmosphere at high altitudes) having a low density; thin; rarefied
uncommonly great; extreme: kind to a rare degree
exhibiting uncommon excellence; superlatively good or fine: rare skill
highly valued because of its uncommonness: a rare prize
Derived Forms
rareness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin rārus sparse


(of meat, esp beef) very lightly cooked
Word Origin
Old English hrēr; perhaps related to hreawraw
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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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