His sister, or rather, stepsister.
One might rather say.
Not a help, rather a hindrance.
He's my friend, or rather he was my friend.
This is not a thoughtful criticism. Rather it is an insult.
Would you rather have tea?
I'd rather go to the movies.
It's rather cold out. I was rather hoping you'd call.
An example of rather used as an adverb is wanting to live on the west coast rather than on the east coast.
It wasn't supposed to be popular; rather, it was supposed to get the job done. She didn't go along, but rather went home instead.
- would rather
- instead of; in place of
- would choose to
- would prefer that
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of rather
- Middle English from Old English hrathor comparative of hræthe quickly, soon from hræth quick
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition