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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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  • 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.

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

    Sabbath in Puritan New England Alice Morse Earle
  • That's fine—I'm just raring to go on a good one tonight—how about you?

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

  • The men were raring to be let loose to fight, anybody or anything, as long as it promised excitement and fight.

    Hookers Richard F. Mann
  • Sitzky started as if shot, raring at the tall man who approached with the smiling Sovereign of Graustark.

    Graustark George Barr McCutcheon
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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