rathe definition by Webster's New World
- quick; prompt; eager
- coming or happening early in the day, year, etc.; esp., blooming or ripening early in the season
Origin: Middle 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
rathe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, quick, from Old English hrǽd, hrǽth.