- Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.
Also rath [rath] /ræθ/.
Origin of rathe
before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad, Old Norse hrathr
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Examples from the Web for rath
“New Hampshire voters want to believe that their choice can not just be the nominee but can win the general election,” Rath says.New Hampshire Reception Reflects Electability Concerns on Rick Santorum
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I fancy the whole family (who might be called the children of rath), viz.
The use of this latter was regulated by the Rath or Council.German Culture Past and Present
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She was Mrs. Rath, the housekeeper, and the pretty girl was her daughter.
Mrs. Rath's daughter was staying with her last night, wasn't she?
"I suppose Miss Rath is free to go where she pleases," said the girl airily.
- Irish history a circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall: used as a dwelling and stronghold in former times
C16: from Irish Gaelic
- blossoming or ripening early in the season
- eager or prompt
Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr
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