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  1. Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.
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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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Historical Examples of rathe

  • Rathe is, I believe, identical with the Saxon adjective rtha, signifying early.

    Notes and Queries, Number 186, May 21, 1853


  • Ihr lebet nun oder sterbet, so darff euch Gott in seinem Rathe.

British Dictionary definitions for rathe


rath (rɑːθ)

adjective archaic, or literary
  1. blossoming or ripening early in the season
  2. eager or prompt
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Word Origin for rathe

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