Rethe Definition

adjective

(Now chiefly dialectal) (of persons) Fierce; cruel; savage; stern; zealous; ardent; keen.

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(Now chiefly dialectal) (of things) Terrible; dreadful; severe.

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adverb

(Now chiefly dialectal) Furiously; violently; wildly.

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Origin of Rethe

  • From Middle English rethe, from Old English rēþe (“fierce, cruel, savage, severe, stern, austere, zealous, wild, dire”), from Proto-Germanic *rōþijaz (“wild”), from Proto-Indo-European *rei-, *rēi- (“to scream, shout, roar, bellow, bark, growl”). Cognate with Scots reithe, reythe, reth (“rethe”), Old High German ruod (“a roar”), Middle High German rüeden (“to be noisy”), Bavarian rüeden (“to be noisy, roar, be in heat”).

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