See also: Raver and r'aver



From Middle English ravere, ravare, rafar, equivalent to rave +‎ -er.



raver (plural ravers)

  1. A person who attends rave parties, or who belongs to that subculture.
    • 2005, Theunis Bates, "iPod is a DJ," Time, 10 Oct.:
      The life of a superstar DJ sounds like one endless party. You get to travel the world, perform for thousands of scantily clad ravers, and earn a stack of money.
    • 2005, Michael J. Gilmour, Call Me the Seeker, page 244:
      Ravers listen to technomusic at home, and some have commented that certain tracks of music can elicit ASC similar to the ones experienced at raves.
  2. A person who raves or rants.
    • 1968, “Lazy Sunday”, in Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake, performed by Small Faces:
      Wouldn't it be nice to get on with me neighbours / But they make it very clear they've got no room for ravers
    • 1975, David Gilmour, Richard Wright & Roger Waters (lyrics and music), “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, in Wish You Were Here, performed by Pink Floyd:
      Well, you wore out your welcome with random precision / Rode on the steel breeze / Come on, you raver, you seer of visions / Come on, you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine

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  1. present of rave