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[rash] /ræʃ/
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.
Origin of rash1
1350-1400; Middle English; cognate with Dutch, German rasch quick, brisk, Old Norse rǫskr brave
Related forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
1. hasty, impetuous, reckless, venturous, incautious, precipitate, indiscreet, foolhardy.
1. cautious. Unabridged
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  • I rashly declared that all would not do, and that I would look elsewhere for rooms with fireplaces.

    Familiar Spanish Travels W. D. Howells
  • I rashly told him that I might as well have been, considering my appearance.

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • No wonder you are somewhat chary of rashly intrusting to a suitor the happiness of a sweet flower like this.

  • Many a man and woman has rashly wished that it were possible to look into the future.

    The Missionary George Griffith
  • If he pushed on rashly, how avoid an entanglement of himself in a personal discussion?

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • My age and the dress I wear may be my guarantees that I do not speak idly nor rashly.'

    Gerald Fitzgerald Charles James Lever
  • Rather dangerous things for a thoughtful scribbler to touch on rashly!

    It Never Can Happen Again William De Morgan
  • Warren, rashly exposing himself, had a pin shot out of his hair.

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
British Dictionary definitions for rashly


acting without due consideration or thought; impetuous
characterized by or resulting from excessive haste or impetuosity: a rash word
Derived Forms
rashly, adverb
rashness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old High German rasc hurried, clever; related to Old Norse roskr brave


(pathol) any skin eruption
a series of unpleasant and unexpected occurrences: a rash of forest fires
Derived Forms
rashlike, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Old French rasche, from raschier to scratch, from Latin rādere to scrape
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Word Origin and History for rashly



late 14c., "nimble, quick, vigorous" (early 14c. as a surname), a Scottish and northern word, perhaps from Old English -ræsc (cf. ligræsc "flash of lightning") or one of its Germanic cognates, from Proto-Germanic *raskuz (cf. Middle Low German rasch, Middle Dutch rasc "quick, swift," German rasch "quick, fast"). Related to Old English horsc "quick-witted." Sense of "reckless, impetuous, heedless of consequences" is attested from c.1500. Related: Rashly; rashness.


"eruption of small red spots on skin," 1709, perhaps from French rache "a sore" (Old French rasche "rash, scurf"), from Vulgar Latin *rasicare "to scrape" (also source of Old Provençal rascar, Spanish rascar "to scrape, scratch," Italian raschina "itch"), from Latin rasus "scraped," past participle of radere "to scrape" (see raze). The connecting notion would be of itching. Figurative sense of "any sudden outbreak or proliferation" first recorded 1820.

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rashly in Medicine

rash (rāsh)
A skin eruption.

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