- 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 (â€œquick, nimble, ready, active, alert, promptâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hraÃ¾az, *hradaz (â€œquick, rapidâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *kret- (â€œquick; to move quicklyâ€). Cognate with Dutch rad (â€œquick, swiftâ€), German gerade (â€œstraight, directâ€), Norwegian rad (â€œquick, directâ€), Gothic ð‚ðŒ°ðŒ¸ðƒ (raÃ¾s, â€œeasyâ€).
(comparative more rathe, superlative most rathe)
- (poetic) Early in the morning.
From Middle English, from Old English hraÃ¾e (â€œquicklyâ€), from Proto-Germanic *hraÃ¾Ã´ (â€œquickly, rapidlyâ€), from *hraÃ¾az (â€œquick, rapidâ€). See above.