rather

[ adverb rath-er, rah-th er; interjection rath-ur, rah-th ur ]SEE DEFINITION OF rather

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RATHER

Rather gain one prize from the Choragus than ten from the Gymnasiarch.

"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.

Had you rather witness the sports of the gymnasia than the works of artists?

Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.

“I had rather study than thrive,” said Ambrose rather dreamily.

He sat down, rather discontented, and resumed the current of his reflections.

"I'd rather keep it, if it's the same to you," said Paul, in alarm.

Because I shall owe him, or rather Will, a good deal of money.

I'd rather trust your judgment now than lots of older men down there.

"You are rather inscrutable," he said, as they resumed the road.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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