Origin of rasher1
Origin of rasher2
adjective, rash·er, rash·est.
Origin of rash1
Examples from the Web for rasher
An Old Bailey jury let the rasher, but grief-stricken man, lightly off under a verdict of "Manslaughter."Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 2 of 3)|John Doran
We had our rasher on the coals; and I think I have scarcely risen from a better diet than I did that day.The Three Perils of Man, Vol. 2 (of 3)|James Hogg
And when his appetite declined to carry him more than half-way through the third rasher, he understood.The Man Upstairs|P. G. Wodehouse
The jolly yeoman cut a rasher of bacon, which Cicely soon broiled, and her father added a swingeing tankard of his best ale.Waverley|Sir Walter Scott
At Brenzett (a mile further on) I with great difficulty got a rasher of bacon for breakfast.Rural Rides|William Cobbett
Word Origin for rasher
Word Origin for rash
Word Origin for rash
"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."
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.