rathe

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English hræþ, hræd (quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt), from Proto-Germanic *hraþaz, *hradaz (quick, rapid), from Proto-Indo-European *kret- (quick; to move quickly). Cognate with Dutch rad (quick, swift), German gerade (straight, direct), Norwegian rad (quick, direct), Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌸𐍃 (raþs, easy).

Adjective[edit]

rathe (comparative more rathe, superlative most rathe)

  1. (poetic) ripening or blooming early.
    • Milton
      Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English hraþe (quickly), from Proto-Germanic *hraþô (quickly, rapidly), from *hraþaz (quick, rapid). See above.

Adverb[edit]

rathe (comparative more rathe, superlative most rathe)

  1. (obsolete) Quickly.
  2. (poetic) Early in the morning.
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