adjective Etymology: Middle English, quick, from Old English hræth, alteration of hræd; akin to Old High German hrad quick Date: 14th century archaic early <
bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies — John Milton

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  • rathe — rathe; rathe·ness; …   English syllables

  • rathe — [rath, räthrāth] adj. [ME < OE hræth, var. of hræd, quick, speedy < IE base * kret , to shake > MIr crothaim, (I) shake] Archaic 1. quick; prompt; eager 2. coming or happening early in the day, year, etc.; esp., blooming or ripening… …   English World dictionary

  • Rathe — Rath Rath, Rathe Rathe, adv. Early; soon; betimes. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Why rise ye up so rathe? Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Too rathe cut off by practice criminal. Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rathe — Rath Rath, Rathe Rathe (r[a^]th), a. [AS. hr[ae][eth], hr[ae]d, quick, akin to OHG. hrad, Icel. hra[eth]r.] Coming before others, or before the usual time; early. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] Bring the rathe primrose that forsaken dies. Milton …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rathe — Recorded in several spellings including Rait, Raitt, Rate, Rath, and Rayt, as well as Raitie, Raittie, Ratie, Reattie, Rettey and possibly others, this is a Scottish surname. It is locational either from Rait in Nairn and Perthshire, or Raith in… …   Surnames reference

  • rathe —  early, soon. Exm. Leet rather, a little sooner. Why do you up so rathe? why do you rise so early? In Kent the word RAID and REAR are used in the same sense. See raid and rear …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • rathe — adj. poet. coming, blooming, etc., early in the year or day. Phrases and idioms: rathe ripe 1 ripening early. 2 precocious. Etymology: OE hraeligth, hraeligd f. Gmc …   Useful english dictionary

  • rathe — rathely, adv. ratheness, n. /raydh/, adj. Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season. Also, rath /rath/. [bef. 900; ME; OE hraeth, hraed quick, active; c. D rad, ON hrathr] * * * …   Universalium

  • rathe — 1. adjective ripening or blooming early. 2. adverb Early in the morning …   Wiktionary

  • rathe — marathe …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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