- quick; prompt; eager
- coming or happening early in the day, year, etc.; esp., blooming or ripening early in the season
Origin of ratheMiddle English from Old English hræth, variant, variety of hræd, quick, speedy from Indo-European base an unverified form kret-, to shake from source Middle Irish crothaim, (I) shake
Origin of ratheMiddle English quick from Old English hræd, hræth
From Middle English, from Old English hrÃ¦Ã¾, hrÃ¦d (“quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt"), from Proto-Germanic *hraÃ¾az, *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 ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ¸ðƒ (raÃ¾s, “easy").
(comparative more rathe, superlative most rathe)
- (poetic) Early in the morning.
From Middle English, from Old English hraÃ¾e (“quickly"), from Proto-Germanic *hraÃ¾Ã´ (“quickly, rapidly"), from *hraÃ¾az (“quick, rapid"). See above.