[ reyth ]
/ reɪð /
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
OTHER WORDS FROM ratherathely, adverbratheness, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for rathe
Rathe is, I believe, identical with the Saxon adjective rtha, signifying early.
Ihr lebet nun oder sterbet, so darff euch Gott in seinem Rathe.History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century (Volume 1)|J. H. Merle D'Aubign
British Dictionary definitions for rathe
/ (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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