- 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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- an eruption or efflorescence on the skin.
- a multitude of instances of something occurring more or less during the same period of time: a rash of robberies last month.
Origin of rash2
Examples from the Web for rash
And it is not clear that there have been a rash of lawsuits from outraged parents over aggressive Christmastime greetings.A Field General in the War on Christmas
December 24, 2014
The results of that rash decision, the most dire of which has been the rise of ISIS, are now plain for us to see.‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It
December 1, 2014
His judgments are not rash or driven by insecurity, fear, and a longing for the past.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
A rash of crimes against gay and trans* people point to a possible brewing class resentment in the “hip” parts of Brooklyn.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
October 18, 2014
The one with the fever and the rash and the kidney failure that eventually killed her?The Dirty Secret Doctors Don't Want You To Know
August 22, 2014
It will not be sufficient that the rash counsels of human passion are rejected.
My brother is hot and fiery; Mr Chatterton is rash and headstrong.
He was seeking his opportunity to punish him for the rash utterance.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
The retainers of the Khan of Khar implored them not to be so rash.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
It was absurd—it was rash—it was want of proper confidence in his wife; thus we said.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- 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 rash
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.