adjective, rich·er, rich·est.
- highly amusing.
- ridiculous; absurd.
Origin of rich
Synonyms for rich
Antonyms for rich
Examples from the Web for super-rich
Contemporary Examples of super-rich
The relationships, and motivations of their chief participants, are as tangled and shady as you expect of the super-rich.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
Increasingly, it is not the super-rich Russians, but the wealthy middle class who are changing the shape of London property.London’s Oligarch Ghost Town
June 16, 2014
Nader featured Norquist as a main villain in his 2009 satirical novel Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us.Ralph Nader and Grover Norquist: Washington’s Most Unlikely Bromance
May 23, 2014
Our super-rich can litigate and settle their way out of charges we peons could never escape.America’s Prison System: Not Faring Well Either
April 5, 2014
For the super-rich, of course, ensuring multi-generational wealth is just another rigged game.The Super-Rich Want to Help The Poor As Long As They Get to Run the World
March 24, 2014
- 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