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raving

[rey-ving] /ˈreɪ vɪŋ/
adjective
1.
talking wildly; delirious; frenzied:
a raving maniac.
2.
Informal. extraordinary or remarkable:
a raving beauty.
adverb
3.
furiously or wildly:
a remark that made me raving mad.
noun
4.
Usually, ravings.
  1. irrational, incoherent talk:
    Putting him in a straitjacket did not stop his ravings.
  2. wildly extravagant or outrageous talk; bombast.
Origin of raving
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see rave1, -ing2, -ing1
Related forms
ravingly, adverb
unraving, adjective

rave1

[reyv] /reɪv/
verb (used without object), raved, raving.
1.
to talk wildly, as in delirium.
2.
to talk or write with extravagant enthusiasm:
She raved about her trip to Europe.
3.
(of wind, water, storms, etc.) to make a wild or furious sound; rage.
verb (used with object), raved, raving.
4.
to utter as if in madness.
noun
5.
an act of raving.
6.
an extravagantly enthusiastic appraisal or review of something.
7.
Chiefly British Slang. a boisterous party, especially a dance.
adjective
8.
extravagantly flattering or enthusiastic:
rave reviews of a new play.
Origin
1325-75; 1915-25 for def 2; Middle English raven (v.), probably < Middle French resver to wander, be delirious
Related forms
raver, noun
Synonyms
1. rant, rage, storm.
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  • Of what value was the life of a raving, gibbering maniac to himself or the world in general?

    'Tween Snow and Fire Bertram Mitford
  • We put him to bed, and in a short time he wakened, raving with a fever on his brain.

  • Nurse, who was not in the plot, thought the child was raving.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • If I had pursued the matter, who knows but I might have been a raving maniac by this time.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He will be put in prison, sent to penal servitude; and I shall go mad, raving mad.

British Dictionary definitions for raving

raving

/ˈreɪvɪŋ/
adjective
1.
  1. delirious; frenzied
  2. (as adverb): raving mad
2.
(informal) (intensifier): a raving beauty
noun
3.
(usually pl) frenzied, irrational, or wildly extravagant talk or utterances
Derived Forms
ravingly, adverb

rave1

/reɪv/
verb
1.
to utter (something) in a wild or incoherent manner, as when mad or delirious
2.
(intransitive) to speak in an angry uncontrolled manner
3.
(intransitive) (of the sea, wind, etc) to rage or roar
4.
(intransitive; foll by over or about) (informal) to write or speak (about) with great enthusiasm
5.
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to enjoy oneself wildly or uninhibitedly
noun
6.
(informal)
  1. enthusiastic or extravagant praise
  2. (as modifier): a rave review
7.
(Brit, slang)
  1. Also called rave-up. a party
  2. a professionally organized party for young people, with electronic dance music, sometimes held in a field or disused building
8.
(Brit, slang) a fad or fashion: the latest rave
9.
a name given to various types of dance music, such as techno, that feature fast electronic rhythm
Word Origin
C14 raven, apparently from Old French resver to wander

rave2

/reɪv/
noun
1.
a vertical sidepiece on a wagon
Word Origin
C16: modification of dialect rathe, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for raving
adj.

late 15c., "delirious, frenzied," present participle adjective from rave (v.); sense of "remarkable, fit to excite admiration" is from 1841, hence slang superlative use.

rave

v.

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.

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for raving

rave

modifier

: rave notices

noun

  1. : The critics gave it a rave (1926+)
  2. : Organized on the fly (sometimes y electroni mail) and often held in warehouses, raves are huge, nomadic dance parties that tend to last all night, or until the police show up/ all-night, Ecstasy-fueled parties known as raves/ Rave head dictates nonviolent fashion and dancing spasmodically to very fast ''techno'' music (1990s+)

verb

To commend or applaud enthusiastically: He's raving over this new book (1816+)

Related Terms

fave

[rave meant ''party'' in British slang by 1960]

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