She has made little secret of the fact she would rather be back in South Africa, or London, or Paris, or anywhere but Monaco.
They will not change the minds of Israelis who would rather live in perpetual war than leave the land they say belongs to them.
And they all said, he told me, 'I would rather go to prison a couple of years more.
In fact, they would rather tidy it up themselves than see him return to the house.
The folks who would rather demagogue the deficit in elections and then ignore it when in office have won this round.
Well, I am sure I would rather be refused than taken unwillingly.
The little boy in the poem says that he would rather be at Kilve than at Liswyn.
I would rather a thousand times that you gave me some work or errand.
"I would rather go with you, too," she said, gazing up at him.
I have an hour at my disposal, and I would rather spend it here than anywhere else.
Old English hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly, hastily, promptly, readily, immediately," which is related to hræð "quick, nimble, prompt, ready," from Proto-Germanic *khratha- (cf. Old Norse hraðr, Old High German hrad), from PIE *kret- "to shake." The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry (Tennyson); superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from late 14c.
The rather lambes bene starved with cold
[Spenser, "The Shepheardes Calender" (Februarie), 1579]