Raving
Rave Rave (r[=a]v), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Raved} (r[=a]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Raving}.] [F. r[^e]ver to rave, to be delirious, to dream; perhaps fr. L. rabere to rave, rage, be mad or furious. Cf. {Rage}, {Reverie}.] 1. To wander in mind or intellect; to be delirious; to talk or act irrationally; to be wild, furious, or raging, as a madman. [1913 Webster]

In our madness evermore we rave. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Have I not cause to rave and beat my breast? --Addison. [1913 Webster]

The mingled torrent of redcoats and tartans went raving down the valley to the gorge of Killiecrankie. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To rush wildly or furiously. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To talk with unreasonable enthusiasm or excessive passion or excitement; -- followed by about, of, or on; as, he raved about her beauty. [1913 Webster]

The hallowed scene Which others rave of, though they know it not. --Byron. [1913 Webster]


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  • Raving — Rav ing (r[=a]v [i^]ng), a. Talking irrationally and wildly; as, a raving lunatic. {Rav ing*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raving — ► NOUN (ravings) ▪ wild or incoherent talk. ► ADJECTIVE & ADVERB informal ▪ extremely or conspicuously the thing mentioned: raving mad …   English terms dictionary

  • raving — index bluster (speech), bombast, frenetic, incoherence, insanity, lunatic, non compos mentis, zealous …   Law dictionary

  • raving — late 15c.; see RAVE (Cf. rave); sense of remarkable is from 1841 …   Etymology dictionary

  • raving — rav|ing1 [ˈreıvıŋ] adj [only before noun] informal 1.) talking or behaving in a crazy way ▪ a raving lunatic 2.) especially BrE used to emphasize that someone or something has a lot of a particular quality ▪ She was no raving beauty , but at… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • raving — [[t]re͟ɪvɪŋ[/t]] 1) ADJ: usu ADJ n You use raving to describe someone who you think is completely mad. [INFORMAL] Malcolm looked at her as if she were a raving lunatic. ADV: ADV adj Raving is also an adverb. I m afraid Jean Paul has gone raving… …   English dictionary

  • raving — ravingly, adv. /ray ving/, adj. 1. talking wildly; delirious; frenzied: a raving maniac. 2. Informal. extraordinary or remarkable: a raving beauty. adv. 3. furiously or wildly: a remark that made me raving mad. n. 4. Usually, ravings. a.… …   Universalium

  • raving — adjective informal 1 talking or behaving in a crazy way: a raving lunatic | raving mad informal especially BrE (=completely crazy) 2 raving beauty/success someone who is very beautiful or something that is very successful …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • raving — rav•ing [[t]ˈreɪ vɪŋ[/t]] adj. 1) talking wildly; delirious: a raving maniac[/ex] 2) extraordinary in degree: a raving beauty[/ex] 3) cvb furiously; wildly: raving mad[/ex] 4) cvb Usu., ravings. incoherent or extravagant talk …   From formal English to slang

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