Definition of raving in US English:

raving

noun

usually ravings
  • Wild, irrational, or incoherent talk.

    ‘the ravings of a madwoman’
    • ‘If you can stomach such ravings, here's a taster.’
    • ‘These hysterical ravings, however, I think he takes seriously.’
    • ‘Some Marvel staffers, in terms they now regret or deny, denounced his work as the ravings of a washed-up, senile old man.’
    • ‘Like a lunatic's ravings, his writing is inscrutable, absurd, yet shot through with phrases of visionary clarity and unpredictable poetry.’
    • ‘Well, Thomas Jefferson said the book of revelations was the ravings of a lunatic.’
    • ‘The frothy ravings have abated somewhat; victory will do that.’
    • ‘The writers took it as the ravings of a madman.’
    • ‘To Britain, this may sound like the ravings of lunatics.’
    • ‘You can read what can only be described as the completely nonsensical ravings of this chap here.’
    • ‘The vendor's insane ravings do not throw any light on the matter.’
    • ‘Jian's preoccupation with Mr. Yang's ravings, though, is not without self-interest.’
    • ‘Yet, when we predicted this outcome, you scoffed at our warnings as hysterical ravings.’
    • ‘If you are wondering whether Scalia's ravings stem from some internally consistent theory, Ed Brayton will set you straight.’
    • ‘Austria also recognized that his doubts could well just be the paranoid ravings of someone who played Diplomacy too much.’
    • ‘What she has so far are the awkward, and, at times, ponderous ravings of a talentless hack, obsessed and clueless.’
    • ‘What interests us here is not so much the completely irrationality of Carr's ravings, but the underlying reason for it.’
    • ‘Going to have do something about those ravings of yours.’
    • ‘But to tell you the truth, I don't find Rummy's ravings even mildly annoying any more.’
    • ‘Well, that didn't sound at all like the ravings of a madman.’
    • ‘Sorry if I alarmed you with my insane ravings.’
    gibberish, rambling, babbling, wild talk, incoherent talk
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adjective

informal
  • Used to emphasize the bad or extreme quality of someone or something.

    ‘she'd never been a raving beauty’
    as submodifier ‘have you gone raving mad?’
    • ‘She was not a raving beauty like most of the girls he knew.’
    • ‘He seemed to think the recorder was The Way to teach us music so he must have been a raving psychopath.’
    • ‘She was somewhat cute as best, not a raving beauty.’
    • ‘If he doesn't do something soon, he'll definitely go stark raving mad.’
    • ‘The moment they put me in bed I was a raving lunatic.’
    • ‘She knew that she wasn't the raving beauty that she had always wished she was.’
    • ‘You might help to counter the raving loons that have used his comment section to attack him too.’
    • ‘Secondly before the raving mad dogs tear me to pieces, think of this as a ray of hope.’
    • ‘Well, once again I'm not going to call them raving maniacs.’
    • ‘You already know I'm not a raving environmentalist.’
    • ‘"For years, I was a raving lunatic, " he says now.’
    • ‘Versa was afraid to take any more steps, for fear that her intrusion would jerk him back into reality, and send him raving mad.’
    • ‘Actually, McReynolds was a raving anti-Semite, and a racist, too.’
    • ‘He had also noticed his brother dancing with the raving beauty, Katherine.’
    • ‘Though I have some mental health issues, I am not a raving lunatic.’
    • ‘Why do they want to see a raving lunatic, saying things he might regret?’
    • ‘Lindbergh of course was not exactly a raving lefty.’
    • ‘I'm not going to turn into a raving fundamentalist.’
    • ‘Even as a raving crank, Joe has weird delusions of normalcy.’
    • ‘He writes in a confounding way that always makes me end up thinking that he is a raving buffoon or a extraordinarily perceptive genius.’
    very great, considerable, remarkable, extraordinary, singular, striking, outstanding, stunning
    mad, insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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Pronunciation

raving

/ˈreɪvɪŋ//ˈrāviNG/