rathe

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See also: raþe

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English rathe, 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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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English hræþ, from Proto-Germanic *hraþaz. Compare to rade, from Old English hræd.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

rathe (comparative rather, superlative rathest)

  1. eager, decisive
  2. rash, hasty, angry
  3. important, meaningful

Descendants[edit]

  • English: rathe (obsolete)

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Adverb[edit]

rathe

  1. quickly, speedily
  2. immediately, at once
  3. now, presently

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: rathe (obsolete)

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