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rasher1

[rash-er] /ˈræʃ ər/
noun
1.
a thin slice of bacon or ham for frying or broiling.
2.
a portion or serving of bacon, usually three or four slices.
Origin of rasher1
1585-1595
First recorded in 1585-95; origin uncertain

rasher2

[rash-er] /ˈræʃ ər/
Origin
1875-80, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish rascacio; see rascasse

rash1

[rash] /ræʃ/
adjective, rasher, rashest.
1.
acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
2.
characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration:
rash promises.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave
Related forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Synonyms
1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.
Antonyms
1. cautious.
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Examples from the Web for rasher
Historical Examples
  • He was in the middle of his rasher when a shadow fell across his plate.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • This is where three eggs and a rasher of ham get cut off in their prime.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • "Nothing but one rasher of bacon, please," said Henry meekly.

  • Do you think if I had begged him to eat that rasher of ham he would have touched it?

    Jack at Sea George Manville Fenn
  • I must make shift with the mutton pie and a rasher of bacon.

    Windsor Castle William Harrison Ainsworth
  • I had rasher sail with a whole brigade of patriarchs than suffer so.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • You can bring me a rasher and two eggs, and see that they're this season's.

    The Observations of Henry Jerome K. Jerome
  • We are rasher in using that perch for the measurement of woodland.

    Domesday Book and Beyond

    Frederic William Maitland
  • Being an honest one would have got him not one rasher of the bacon of his desire.

    I, Mary MacLane Mary MacLane
  • The appetising, savoury smell of my rasher seemed to drive them mad.

British Dictionary definitions for rasher

rasher

/ˈræʃə/
noun
1.
a thin slice of bacon or ham
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin

rash1

/ræʃ/
adjective
1.
acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
2.
characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuosity: a rash word
Derived Forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave

rash2

/ræʃ/
noun
1.
(pathol) any skin eruption
2.
a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires
Derived Forms
rashlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rasher
n.

"thin slice of bacon or ham," 1590s, of unknown origin. Perhaps from Middle English rash "to cut," variant of rase "to rub, scrape out, erase." However, early lexicographer John Minsheu explained it in 1627 as a piece "rashly or hastily roasted."

rash

adj.

late 14c., "nimble, quick, vigorous" (early 14c. as a surname), a Scottish and northern word, perhaps from Old English -ræsc (cf. ligræsc "flash of lightning") or one of its Germanic cognates, from Proto-Germanic *raskuz (cf. Middle Low German rasch, Middle Dutch rasc "quick, swift," German rasch "quick, fast"). Related to Old English horsc "quick-witted." Sense of "reckless, impetuous, heedless of consequences" is attested from c.1500. Related: Rashly; rashness.

rash

n.

"eruption of small red spots on skin," 1709, perhaps from French rache "a sore" (Old French rasche "rash, scurf"), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape" (also source of Old Provençal rascar, Spanish rascar "to scrape, scratch," Italian raschina "itch"), from Latin rasus "scraped," past participle of radere "to scrape" (see raze). The connecting notion would be of itching. Figurative sense of "any sudden outbreak or proliferation" first recorded 1820.

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rasher in Medicine

rash (rāsh)
n.
A skin eruption.

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