(nonstandard or dialectal) To prefer; to prefer to.
Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Rather
- had rather
- rather than
- would rather
Origin of Rather
From Middle English rather, rether, from Old English hraþor (“sooner, earlier, more quickly"), comparative of hraþe (“hastily, quickly, promptly, readily, immediately, soon, at once, directly"), equivalent to rathe +"Ž -er. More at rathe.
Middle English from Old English hrathor comparative of hræthe quickly, soon from hræth quick
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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