[ reyth ]
/ reɪð /


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

rathe·ly, adverbrathe·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rath (1 of 2)


/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for rath (2 of 2)


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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