adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Examples from the Web for richly
Contemporary Examples of richly
For the aficionado or the neophyte, Comics is a useful overview of a richly creative period in a burgeoning art.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
Readers who can get past the odd structure will be richly rewarded.The Best Fiction of 2014: Ford, Ferrante, Klay, and More
December 7, 2014
Bob Hope was the most beloved, honored, and richly rewarded comedian of all time.When Your Comic Hero Is an Alleged Rapist
November 18, 2014
And anyway, if Brecht did not want us to feel for Mother Courage, why did he make her so richly shaded and humanly fallible?Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
With the election of Thomas Jefferson two years later, this law was allowed to die the death it so richly deserved.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of richly
Why wast thou, so richly gifted of the gods, to be taken from us in thy youth?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
He richly deserved the punishment, but God would not have struck him that way.Weighed and Wanting
And she, the highly endowed, the richly gifted, what was to be her lot?
I found myself in a drawing-room, small and richly furnished.The Prisoner of Zenda
Richly repaid him the trouble and cost of a journey from Florence.Poems
William D. Howells
- 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