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rasher

1
[rash-er]
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noun
  1. a thin slice of bacon or ham for frying or broiling.
  2. a portion or serving of bacon, usually three or four slices.
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Origin of rasher

1
First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

rasher

2
[rash-er]
noun
  1. vermilion rockfish.
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Origin of rasher

2
1875–80, Americanism; perhaps < Spanish rascacio; see rascasse

rash

1
[rash]
adjective, rash·er, rash·est.
  1. acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
  2. characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration: rash promises.
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Origin of rash

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1350–1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave
Related formsrash·ly, adverbrash·ness, noun

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Related Words for rasher

helping, part, cut, portion, piece

Examples from the Web for rasher

Historical Examples of rasher

  • He was in the middle of his rasher when a shadow fell across his plate.

    Tristram of Blent

    Anthony Hope

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for rasher

rasher

noun
  1. a thin slice of bacon or ham
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Word Origin for rasher

C16: of unknown origin

rash

1
adjective
  1. acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
  2. characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuositya rash word
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Derived Formsrashly, adverbrashness, noun

Word Origin for rash

C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave

rash

2
noun
  1. pathol any skin eruption
  2. a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrencesa rash of forest fires
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Derived Formsrashlike, adjective

Word Origin for rash

C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rasher

n.

"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."

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rash

adj.

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.

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rash

n.

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rasher in Medicine

rash

(răsh)
n.
  1. A skin eruption.
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