[ reyth ]
/ reɪð /


Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.

Nearby words

  1. ratfink,
  2. ratfish,
  3. rath,
  4. ratha,
  5. rathbone,
  6. rathenau,
  7. rathenau, walther,
  8. rather,
  9. rathke,
  10. rathke's pouch

Also rath [rath] /ræθ/.

Origin of rathe

before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad, Old Norse hrathr

Related formsrathe·ly, adverbrathe·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for rath


/ (raθ) /


Irish history a circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall: used as a dwelling and stronghold in former times

Word Origin for rath

C16: from Irish Gaelic


rath (rɑːθ)

/ (reɪð) /

adjective archaic, or literary

blossoming or ripening early in the season
eager or prompt

Word Origin for rathe

Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr

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