- 1 English
From Middle English rash, rasch (“hasty, headstrong”), from Old English *ræsc ("rash"; found in derivatives: ræscan (“to move rapidly, flicker, flash, quiver, glitter”), ræscettan (“to crackle, sparkle”), etc.), from Proto-Germanic *raskaz, *raskuz, *raþskaz, *raþskuz (“rash, rapid”), from Proto-Indo-European *ret- (“to run, roll”). Cognate with Dutch rasch, ras (“rash, snell”), Middle Low German rasch (“rash”), German rasch (“rash, swift”), Swedish rask (“brisk, quick, rash”), Icelandic röskur (“strong, vigorous”).
- Acting too quickly without considering the risks and consequences; not careful; hasty.
- rash words spoken in the heat of debate
- So dry as to fall out of the ear with handling, as corn.
- (obsolete) Requiring sudden action; pressing; urgent.
- I scarce have leisure to salute you, / My matter is so rash.
- (obsolete) Fast-acting.
- Strong as aconitum or rash gunpowder.
rash (plural rashes)
- (medicine) An area of reddened, irritated, and inflamed skin.
- A surge in problems; a spate, string or trend
- There has been a rash of vandalism lately.
(A surge in problems): epidemic
- An inferior kind of silk, or mixture of silk and worsted.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of John Donne to this entry?)
- To pull off or pluck violently.
- To slash; to hack; to slice.
- rashing of helms and riving plates asunder
- rash in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- rash in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911