Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

rasher1

[rash-er]
See more synonyms for rasher on Thesaurus.com
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.
Show More

Origin of rasher1

First recorded in 1585–95; origin uncertain

rasher2

[rash-er]
noun
  1. vermilion rockfish.
Show More

Origin of rasher2

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

rash1

[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.
Show More

Origin of rash1

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

Synonyms

See more synonyms for rash on Thesaurus.com
1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.

Antonyms

1. cautious.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for rasher

Historical Examples

  • 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
Show More

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

rash1

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

Word Origin

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

rash2

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

Word Origin

C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

Show More

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.

Show More

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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rasher in Medicine

rash

(răsh)
n.
  1. A skin eruption.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.