adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Related Words for richesteasy, 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 richest
Contemporary Examples of richest
He wanted to be the best, the most successful, and the richest.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
You see claims that John D. Rockefeller was “the richest person in history.”Up To a Point: Robber Barons Make Way For Robber Nerds
P. J. O’Rourke
August 9, 2014
Jemima Khan, nee Goldsmith, is the daughter of one of Britain's richest men, Sir Jimmy Goldsmith, who died in 1997.Masseuse Claims Assault by Russell Brand
August 2, 2014
They represent only 0.16 percent of our population (316 million), and we are the richest nation on earth.Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
New York was the richest city in the richest country in the world—in all of history.When New York City Hit Its Stride
July 17, 2014
Historical Examples of richest
They are probably the richest and most comfortable population of Europe at this hour.
Battle Abbey was one of the greatest and richest foundations.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
"Sure there was," answered Katy instantly in her richest, mellowest brogue.Her Father's Daughter
"Certainly; to you as much as to the richest among us," said d'Hebonville.The Boy Life of Napoleon
There I will treat you with the nicest apples and the richest cream.Imogen
- 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