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  • IPA(key): /ɹæʃ/
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  • Rhymes: -æʃ

Etymology 1[edit]

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).


rash (comparative rasher, superlative rashest)

  1. Acting too quickly without considering the risks and consequences; not careful; hasty.
    rash words spoken in the heat of debate
  2. So dry as to fall out of the ear with handling, as corn.
  3. (obsolete) Requiring sudden action; pressing; urgent.
  4. (obsolete) Fast-acting.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Likely from Old French rasche (rash, scurf), from Vulgar Latin root *rāsicāre (to scrape), from Latin rāsus (scraped, scratched), from Latin rādō (I scratch, scrape). More at raze/rase.


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rash (plural rashes)

  1. (medicine) An area of reddened, irritated, and inflamed skin.
  2. A surge in problems; a spate, string or trend.
    There has been a rash of vandalism lately.
    • 2019 April 25, Samanth Subramanian, “Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Science has tried and failed to come to a consensus about the hygienic superiority of one product over the other. Even so, the paper towel industry has funded or promoted a rash of studies claiming that hand dryers turn bathrooms into mosh pits of pathogens.
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rash (third-person singular simple present rashes, present participle rashing, simple past and past participle rashed)

  1. (obsolete) To prepare with haste.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Foxe to this entry?)

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare French ras (short-nap cloth), Italian and Spanish raso, satin, or Italian rascia (serge), German Rasch, probably from Arras in France.


rash (uncountable)

  1. An inferior kind of silk, or mixture of silk and worsted.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Donne to this entry?)

Etymology 4[edit]

For arace


rash (third-person singular simple present rashes, present participle rashing, simple past and past participle rashed)

  1. (obsolete) To pull off or pluck violently.
  2. (obsolete) To slash; to hack; to slice.

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