rathe

[reyth]
adjective
Archaic. growing, blooming, or ripening early in the year or season.
Also, rath [rath] .


Origin:
before 900; Middle English; Old English hræth, hræd quick, active; cognate with Dutch rad, Old Norse hrathr

rathely, adverb
ratheness, noun
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rath (raθ)
 
n
Irish history a circular enclosure surrounded by an earthen wall: used as a dwelling and stronghold in former times
 
[C16: from Irish Gaelic]

rathe or rath (reɪð, rɑːθ)
 
adj
1.  blossoming or ripening early in the season
2.  eager or prompt
 
[Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr]
 
rath or rath
 
adj
 
[Old English hrathe; related to Old High German hrado, Old Norse hrathr]

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The three other epIsodes are rath- er broad and gamy.
His walk is slow, lordly, and rath- er ponderously graceful.
In general a rath- er heavy-lined situation, this story offers her moments for actual delicacy.
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