Origin of rush

1
1325–75; (v.) Middle English ruschen < Anglo-French russher, russer, Old French re(h)usser, re(h)user, ruser < Late Latin recūsāre, to push back, Latin: to refuse. See recuse, ruse; (noun) Middle English rus(s)che, derivative of the v.
SYNONYMS FOR rush
1 hasten, run. Rush, hurry, dash, speed imply swiftness of movement. Rush implies haste and sometimes violence in motion through some distance: to rush to the store. Hurry suggests a sense of strain or agitation, a breathless rushing to get to a definite place by a certain time: to hurry to an appointment. Dash implies impetuosity or spirited, swift movement for a short distance: to dash to the neighbor's. Speed means to go fast, usually by means of some type of transportation, and with some smoothness of motion: to speed to a nearby city.
Related formsrush·ing·ly, adverbun·rushed, adjective

Definition for rush (2 of 3)

rush

2
[ ruhsh ]
/ rʌʃ /

noun

any grasslike plant of the genus Juncus, having pithy or hollow stems, found in wet or marshy places.Compare rush family.
any plant of the rush family.
any of various similar plants.
a stem of such a plant, used for making chair bottoms, mats, baskets, etc.
something of little or no value; trifle: not worth a rush.

Origin of rush

2
before 900; Middle English rusch, risch, Old English rysc, risc; cognate with Dutch, obsolete German Rusch
Related formsrush·like, adjective

Definition for rush (3 of 3)

Rush

[ ruhsh ]
/ rʌʃ /

noun

Benjamin,1745–1813, U.S. physician and political leader: author of medical treatises.
his sonRichard,1780–1859, U.S. lawyer, politician, and diplomat.

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British Dictionary definitions for rush (1 of 2)

rush

1
/ (rʌʃ) /

verb


noun

adjective (prenominal)

requiring speed or urgencya rush job
characterized by much movement, business, etca rush period
Derived Formsrusher, noun

Word Origin for rush

C14 ruschen, from Old French ruser to put to flight, from Latin recūsāre to refuse, reject

British Dictionary definitions for rush (2 of 2)

rush

2
/ (rʌʃ) /

noun

any annual or perennial plant of the genus Juncus, growing in wet places and typically having grasslike cylindrical leaves and small green or brown flowers: family Juncaceae Many species are used to make baskets
any of various similar or related plants, such as the woodrush, scouring rush, and spike-rush
something valueless; a trifle; strawnot worth a rush
short for rush light

Derived Formsrushlike, adjective

Word Origin for rush

Old English risce, rysce; related to Middle Dutch risch, Norwegian rusk, Old Slavonic rozga twig, rod
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Medicine definitions for rush

Rush

[ rŭsh ]
Benjamin 1745-1813

American physician, politician, and educator. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, he promoted the humane treatment of the mentally ill.

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Idioms and Phrases with rush

rush

see bum's rush; fools rush in where angels fear to tread; mad rush; (rush) off someone's feet.


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