Rare Rare, a. [Compar. {Rarer} (r[^a]r"[~e]r); superl. {Rarest}.] [Cf. AS. hr[=e]r, or E. rare early. [root]18.] Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton. [1913 Webster]

New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy care Turned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word is in common use in the United States, but in England its synonym {underdone} is preferred. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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