- rathenau, walther,
- rathke's pouch,
Origin of rather
Origin of rathe
Examples from the Web for 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.
Lady Rose is also rather subdued in the premiere, which is a pity.
Rather, it was the Democrats who initially were the Southern Party.Steve Scalise Shows There’s a Fine Line Between Confederate & Southern|Lloyd Green|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Kent Sepkowitz|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Accepted them, rather, as a part of the mystery which wrapped him about.The Breaking Point|Mary Roberts Rinehart
"My case is rather an ugly one to look back upon, truly," Charter granted.She Buildeth Her House|Will Comfort
But as he was disposed to be too friendly, and to claim too large a share of the lunch, we rather gave him the cold shoulder.Riverby|John Burroughs
Or, rather, it is wonderful that you should have imagined Manon into that face.
In depicting the manner of this education Dickens rather overshoots the mark.Victorian Worthies|George Henry Blore
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.