adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Related Words for richereasy, prosperous, well-heeled, well-off, fat, affluent, well-to-do, wealthy, full, fertile, splendid, lush, valuable, plentiful, elegant, expensive, gorgeous, smart, heavy, spicy
Examples from the Web for richer
Contemporary Examples of richer
We have richer, healthier lives and more meaningful relationships of all kinds.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
He campaigned and governed in poetry, and we are all the richer for it.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
But history professor Ian Morris also argues that war has made humanity safer and richer over the last 10,000 years.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
The data are in: As the right has become fond of pointing out lately, Barack Obama has not made black America any richer.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence
May 30, 2014
What we're left with is a more ambivalent universe—and, ultimately, a richer one.Game of Thrones’ ‘The Lion and the Rose’: Joffrey’s Demented, Shocking Royal Wedding
April 14, 2014
Historical Examples of richer
I should say we have richer people in our connexion than in any about London.
My mind was the richer merely by the knowledge that it was there.The Old Manse (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Do you know, dear, that any woman who can say that, is richer than any who cannot?The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Your mother, poor soul, would be happier if she was richer, Barnaby.'Barnaby Rudge
The richer the pears the better; but they must not be over-ripe.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
- well supplied with wealth, property, etc; owning much
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the rich
Word Origin for rich
Old English rice "strong, powerful; great, mighty; of high rank," in later Old English "wealthy," from Proto-Germanic *rikijaz (cf. Old Norse rikr, Swedish rik, Danish rig, Old Frisian rike "wealthy, mighty," Dutch rijk, Old High German rihhi "ruler, powerful, rich," German reich "rich," Gothic reiks "ruler, powerful, rich"), borrowed from a Celtic source akin to Gaulish *rix, Old Irish ri (genitive rig) "king," from PIE root *reg- "move in a straight line," hence, "direct, rule" (see rex).
The form of the word was influenced in Middle English by Old French riche "wealthy, magnificent, sumptuous," which is, with Spanish rico, Italian ricco, from Frankish *riki "powerful," or some other cognate Germanic source.
Old English also had a noun, rice "rule, reign, power, might; authority; empire." The evolution of the word reflects a connection between wealth and power in the ancient world. Of food and colors, from early 14c.; of sounds, from 1590s. Sense of "entertaining, amusing" is recorded from 1760. The noun meaning "the wealthy" was in Old English.
In addition to the idiom beginning with rich
- rich as Croesus
- embarrassment of riches
- from rags to riches
- strike it rich