adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Examples from the Web for richness
Contemporary Examples of richness
What adds a richness to the stories is the way you take relationships themselves as an overriding theme.Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
Indeed, red — because of its vibrancy and richness — has served as a powerful symbol since the beginning of civilization.Scarlet Is the New Black
August 31, 2014
What a love, joy, adventure and richness you and your brother brought to our home.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl
June 4, 2014
But I think his backstory is just part of the richness of the character.Meet the Red Viper: Pedro Pascal on Game of Thrones’ Kinky, Bisexual Hellraiser
March 26, 2014
For me, it's the vulnerability, openness, and richness of his voice that does it.Beyoncé Rocks Tom Ford; Fast Retailing Backs Out of J. Crew Deal
The Fashion Beast Team
March 19, 2014
Historical Examples of richness
His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
There is no cheese superior to them in richness and mildness.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
The woods were in all the depth and richness of a Southern spring.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
"Pennyr'yal," she said happily, and felt the richness of being.Meadow Grass
Its tone was velvety in its richness, nor was there the least inflection of astonishment in its tone.The Law-Breakers
- 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