Origin of rather
Origin of rathe
Related Words for ratherfairly, pretty, comparatively, quite, somewhat, slightly, relatively, considerably, very, well, noticeably, willingly, sooner, enough, reasonably, so-so, some, something, averagely, passably
Examples from the Web for rather
Contemporary Examples of rather
Fluoride first entered an American water supply through a rather inelegant technocratic scheme.
To put it rather uncharitably, the USPHS practiced a major dental experiment on a city full of unconsenting subjects.
Rather, it was the Democrats who initially were the Southern Party.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern
January 2, 2015
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
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Rather, all of the manufactured antibodies are all stirred up but have nowhere to go.When You Get the Flu This Winter, You Can Blame Anti-Vaxxers
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of rather
Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.
"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Had you rather witness the sports of the gymnasia than the works of artists?
Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.Brave and Bold
“I had rather study than thrive,” said Ambrose rather dreamily.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
adverb (in senses 1-4, not used with a negative)
sentence substitute (ˈrɑːˈðɜː)
Word Origin for rather
adjective archaic, or literary
Word Origin for rathe
Old English hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly, hastily, promptly, readily, immediately," which is related to hræð "quick, nimble, prompt, ready," from Proto-Germanic *khratha- (cf. Old Norse hraðr, Old High German hrad), from PIE *kret- "to shake." The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry (Tennyson); superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from late 14c.
The rather lambes bene starved with cold
[Spenser, "The Shepheardes Calender" (Februarie), 1579]
see had rather.