1 [rash]
adjective, rasher, rashest.
acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.
characterized by or showing too great haste or lack of consideration: rash promises.

1350–1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave

rashly, adverb
rashness, noun

1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.

1. cautious.
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rash1 (ræʃ)
1.  acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
2.  characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuosity: a rash word
[C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave]

rash2 (ræʃ)
1.  pathol any skin eruption
2.  a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires
[C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "nimble, quick, vigorous," a Scottish and northern word, perhaps from O.E. -ræsc (cf. ligræsc "flash of lightning"), from P.Gmc. *raskuz (cf. M.L.G. rasch, M.Du. rasc "quick, swift," Ger. rasch "quick, fast"). Related to O.E. horsc "quick-witted." Sense of "reckless, impetuous, heedless
of consequences" is attested from 1509.

"red spots on skin," 1709, perhaps from Fr. rache "a sore," from O.Fr. rache "ringworm," from V.L. *rasicare "to scrape" (cf. O.Prov. rascar, Sp. rascar "to scrape, scratch," It. raschina "itch"), from L. rasus "scraped," pp. of radere "to scrape" (see raze). The connecting
notion is of itching. Sense of "any sudden outbreak or proliferation" first recorded 1820.
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rash (rāsh)
A skin eruption.

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