rathe

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See also: raþe

English[edit]

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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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