- quick; prompt; eager
- coming or happening early in the day, year, etc.; esp., blooming or ripening early in the season
Origin: ME < OE hræth, var. of hræd, quick, speedy < IE base *kret-, to shake > MIr crothaim, (I) shake
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Origin: Middle English, quick, from Old English hrǽd, hrǽth.