- 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 rashly
They speculated why a man of such promise and talent would end his life so rashly.The Professor and the Doomsday Clock: ‘A Confederacy of Dunces’ & Signs of John Kennedy Toole’s Suicide
December 17, 2012
Second, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to cash the check Obama rashly wrote.How Obama Lost the Middle East
Walter Russell Mead
November 10, 2009
I rashly told him that I might as well have been, considering my appearance.Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
But I was not alone with her, as you have so rashly assumed.The Snare
Many a man and woman has rashly wished that it were possible to look into the future.The Missionary
Then it could be supposed that he had rashly entered, and been overcome by the vapours.The Market-Place
My age and the dress I wear may be my guarantees that I do not speak idly nor rashly.'Gerald Fitzgerald
Charles James Lever
- 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 rashly
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.