[ rich ]
/ rɪtʃ /
adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
having wealth or great possessions; abundantly supplied with resources, means, or funds; wealthy: a rich man; a rich nation.
abounding in natural resources: a rich territory.
having wealth or valuable resources (usually followed by in): a country rich in traditions.
abounding (usually followed by in or with): a countryside rich in beauty; a design rich with colors.
of great value or worth; valuable: a rich harvest.
(of food) delectably and perhaps unhealthfully spicy, or sweet and abounding in butter or cream: a rich gravy; a rich pastry.
costly, expensively elegant, or fine, as dress or jewels.
sumptuous; elaborately abundant: a rich feast.
using valuable materials or characterized by elaborate workmanship, as buildings or furniture.
abounding in desirable elements or qualities: a man rich in kindness.
(of wine) strong and finely flavored.
(of color) deep, strong, or vivid: rich purple.
full and mellow in tone: rich sounds; a rich voice.
strongly fragrant; pungent: a rich odor.
producing or yielding abundantly: a rich soil.
abundant, plentiful, or ample: a rich supply.
Automotive. (of a mixture in a fuel system) having a relatively high ratio of fuel to air (contrasted with lean2def 5).
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
(used with a plural verb) rich persons collectively (usually preceded by the): new tax shelters for the rich.
Words nearby rich
Origin of rich
before 900; Middle English; Old English rīce (adj.) ≪ Celtic; cognate with German reich wealthy; akin to Latin rēx, Sanskrit rājan king
SYNONYMS FOR rich
1 well-to-do, moneyed. Rich, wealthy, affluent all indicate abundance of possessions. Rich is the general word; it may imply that possessions are newly acquired: an oilman who became rich overnight. Wealthy suggests permanence, stability, and appropriate surroundings: a wealthy banker. Affluent usually suggests a generous amount of income, with a high standard of living and some social prestige and privilege: an affluent family.
5 bountiful, copious, luxuriant.
7 precious, high-priced, dear.
12 intense, vibrant.
15 fruitful, productive, prolific, luxuriant.
16 bountiful, copious, abounding, bounteous.
ANTONYMS FOR rich
1–5, 15, 16 poor.
OTHER WORDS FROM rich
rich·ly, adverbrich·ness, nouno·ver·rich, adjectiveo·ver·rich·ly, adverb
o·ver·rich·ness, nounsu·per·rich, adjective, nounul·tra·rich, adjective, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for overrich
Now doth it provoke the lower classes, all benevolence and petty giving; and the overrich may be on their guard!Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
British Dictionary definitions for overrich (1 of 3)
/ (ˌəʊvəˈrɪtʃ) /
(of food) excessively flavoursome or fatty
being excessively abundant, strong, etcoverrich heroin
British Dictionary definitions for overrich (2 of 3)
/ (rɪtʃ) /
Adrienne. 1929–2012, US poet and feminist writer; her volumes of poetry include Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law (1963) and Diving Into the Wreck (1973)
Buddy, real name Bernard Rich . 1917–87, US jazz drummer and band leader
British Dictionary definitions for overrich (3 of 3)
/ (rɪtʃ) /
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
(when postpositive , usually foll by in) having an abundance of natural resources, minerals, etca land rich in metals
producing abundantly; fertilerich soil
(when postpositive , usually foll by in or with) well supplied (with desirable qualities); abundant (in)a country rich with cultural interest
of great worth or quality; valuablea rich collection of antiques
luxuriant or prolifica rich growth of weeds
expensively elegant, elaborate, or fine; costlya rich display
(of food) having a large proportion of flavoursome or fatty ingredients, such as spices, butter, or cream
having a full-bodied flavoura rich ruby port
(of a smell) pungent or fragrant
(of colour) intense or vivid; deepa rich red
(of sound or a voice) full, mellow, or resonant
(of a fuel-air mixture) containing a relatively high proportion of fuelCompare weak (def. 12)
very amusing, laughable, or ridiculousa rich joke; a rich situation
Word Origin for rich
Old English rīce (originally of persons: great, mighty), of Germanic origin, ultimately from Celtic (compare Old Irish rī king)
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Idioms and Phrases with overrich
In addition to the idiom beginning with rich
- rich as Croesus
- embarrassment of riches
- from rags to riches
- strike it rich
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