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

Origin of rathe

before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad,Old Norse hrathr
  • Also rath [rath]. /ræθ/.

Other words from rathe

  • rathely, adverb
  • ratheness, noun

Words Nearby rathe

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How to use rathe in a sentence

  • "Be over for you," the other added; and later he was crowded into a rear seat between Louise, his daughter, and Caroline rathe.

    The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Bernard was in front with the chauffeur, and Frederick rathe occupied a small seat at the knees of the three others.

    The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
  • August Turnbull repeated the favorite aphorisms from Frederick rathe about the higher man.

    The Happy End | Joseph Hergesheimer
  • No; I can't rathe you up a hill, though I can fall down the hill fathter than you can, but I will help you up.

  • Couldn't very well thell the whole rathe, ath it were, for a couple of hundred poundth, after that.

British Dictionary definitions for rathe


rath (rɑːθ)

/ (reɪð) /

adjectivearchaic, or literary
  1. blossoming or ripening early in the season

  2. eager or prompt

Origin of rathe

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

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