to a significant or noticeable extent; quite she's rather pretty
to a limited extent or degree I rather thought that was the case
with better or more just cause this text is rather to be deleted than rewritten
more readily or willingly; sooner I would rather not see you tomorrow
on the contrary it's not cold. Rather, it's very hot indeed
sentence substitute (ˈrɑːˈðɜː)
an expression of strong affirmation, often in answer to a question Is it worth seeing? Rather!
Both would and had are used with rather in sentences such as I would rather (or had rather) go to the film than to the play. Had rather is less common and is now widely regarded as slightly old-fashioned
Old English hrathor comparative of hræthready, quick; related to Old Norse hrathr
O.E. hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly," related to hræð "quick," from P.Gmc. *khrathuz (cf. O.N. hraðr, O.H.G. hrad). The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry; superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from c.1380.