- a thin slice of bacon or ham for frying or broiling.
- a portion or serving of bacon, usually three or four slices.
Origin of rasher1
Origin of rasher2
- acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
- characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration: rash promises.
Origin of rash1
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Examples from the Web for rasher
He was in the middle of his rasher when a shadow fell across his plate.Tristram of Blent
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
- a thin slice of bacon or ham
- acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
- characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuositya rash word
- pathol any skin eruption
- a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrencesa rash of forest fires
Word Origin and History for rasher
"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."
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.
"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.
- A skin eruption.