rash

noun
\ ˈrash \

Definition of rash 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an eruption on the body

2 : a large number of instances in a short period a rash of complaints

rash

adjective

Definition of rash (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : marked by or proceeding from undue haste or lack of deliberation or caution a rash promise

2 obsolete : quickly effective

rash

adverb

Definition of rash (Entry 3 of 3)

archaic

: in a rash manner

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Other words from rash

Adjective

rashly adverb
rashness noun

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Adjective

adventurous, venturesome, daring, daredevil, rash, reckless, foolhardy mean exposing oneself to danger more than required by good sense. adventurous implies a willingness to accept risks but not necessarily imprudence. adventurous pioneers venturesome implies a jaunty eagerness for perilous undertakings. venturesome stunt pilots daring implies fearlessness in courting danger. daring mountain climbers daredevil stresses ostentation in daring. daredevil motorcyclists rash suggests imprudence and lack of forethought. a rash decision reckless implies heedlessness of probable consequences. a reckless driver foolhardy suggests a recklessness that is inconsistent with good sense. the foolhardy sailor ventured into the storm

Did You Know?

Adjective

The earliest known uses of "rash" (then spelled "rasch") occur in a northern dialect of 15th-century Middle English. Its earlier origins are not known for sure, though it is clearly related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Old High German rasc ("fast, hurried, strong, clever"), Old Norse "röskr" ("brave, vigorous"), and Middle Dutch "rasch" ("quick, nimble, agile, vigorous"). It is not, however, related to the English noun "rash" ("an eruption on the body," as in a "skin rash"). The noun "rash," which first appeared in English in the 1700s, comes by way of French and Vulgar Latin from Latin rasus, the past participle of "radere" ("to scrape" or "to shave").

Examples of rash in a Sentence

Noun

The baby has a skin rash. The doctor said she developed the rash because of the medicine. I break out in a rash if I eat shellfish. Symptoms of the disease include rash and fever. There has been a rash of robberies in the city this summer.

Adjective

Their rash actions resulted in a serious accident that could have killed someone. Don't be rash about this decision. Take your time. It was rash of you to make that promise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Barrios' actions were rash and needless, showing the player to have a nasty and aggressive side - but that is also a trait and kind of player Tottenham have been accused of lacking in recent seasons. SI.com, "Spurs Fans Applaud Potential Signing Wilmar Barrios Following Jordan Henderson Headbutt," 4 July 2018 There was a rash of news stories around Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Jessica Pressler talks ‘lady grifters’ + Ken Auletta on the ‘frenemies’ of the ad business on Recode Media," 24 June 2018 The second change is a rash of office development around railway stations. The Economist, "Public transport is in decline in many wealthy cities," 21 June 2018 People recognized the phenomenon before modern statistics: After publication of Wolfgang Goethe’s Sufferings of Young Werther, there was a rash of suicides across Europe notably similar to the one in the novel. Jennifer Michael Hecht, Vox, "How the media covers celebrity suicides can have life-or-death consequences," 8 June 2018 Measles is not just a rash and fever that goes away. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "4 measles cases reported in Florida this month," 29 May 2018 More recently there had been a rash of thefts of catalytic converters from cars parked in driveways and public parking lots. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Five Early Lessons in Parenting," 5 May 2018 After moving her mother into the home in 2010, Puryear visited the elderly woman almost every day and was concerned when her mother developed what appeared to be a rash in 2013. Char Adams, PEOPLE.com, "Family Sues After Former Model, 93, Is Allegedly Eaten Alive by Mites at Georgia Nursing Home," 3 May 2018 One gardener who unknowingly had a run-in with the pests described her symptoms to the BBC, saying: My first symptom was a rash on my tummy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Invasive, toxic caterpillars that can kill are about to invade parts of London," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The stories As trade deadline nears for Marlins, team won't 'do anything rash, nothing emotional,' Michael Hill says The attendance Wednesday night: 5,265 Season average: 9,496 Telling numbers 860. Matthew Defranks, Sun-Sentinel.com, "A Closer Look: Miami Marlins 5, Milwaukee Brewers 4 (12 innings)," 12 July 2018 That sounds rash, but a decision to part with Baker Hughes might indicate even greater desperation—a sign that the power business’s recovery is even farther off or that the insurance business needs more capital. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "GE Should Hang On to Baker Hughes," 6 June 2018 As the mother got confrontational with police, the father, 54-year-old Gary Davis, initially tried to keep her from doing anything too rash, WBAL reports. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Husband, wife and son tackled, choked and punched cops — and each other, Baltimore police say," 6 June 2018 The summit was the product of Trump’s own misunderstanding and rash decision-making in the first place, and not in any way coordinated with our allies or other key players in East Asia (i.e., China). Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Credibility Problem Is Now America’s," 26 May 2018 Researchers think that in some cases the resulting chemical influx modifies the brain in a way that makes risks and rewards—say, those in a game of poker—more appealing and rash decisions more difficult to resist. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling," 14 May 2018 Such rash decision-making does leave you to question their motives. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin's education chief changed the recommendation for a JCPS takeover," 11 May 2018 But working to make our country stronger does not mean making rash economic decisions that could have long-term negative consequences for our economy. Gary Shapiro, Fortune, "Commentary: We Need a Reset With China, Not a Trade War," 6 Apr. 2018 And Trump’s lawyers are contemplating some extremely rash strategies that have about a zero percent chance of succeeding. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Lawyers Seem to be Getting Desperate," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Whatever is causing the left-hander to pitch terribly away from home this season, the Giants need to address this road rash sooner rather than later. Andrew Baggarly, The Mercury News, "Matt Moore implodes, Giants crushed 13-5 at Dodger Stadium," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of rash

Noun

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rash

Noun

probably borrowed from 17th-century French rache, rasche, going back to Middle French raiche "tinea," noun derivative of racher "to chisel, groove (metal)" (probably also "to scrape, scratch," senses attested in Romance cognates), going back to Vulgar Latin *rāsicāre, verb derivative from Latin rās-, participial and nominal stem of rādere "to scrape, scratch, shave" — more at rase

Adverb

Middle English (northern dialect) rasch quickly; akin to Old High German rasc fast

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rash

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done or made quickly and without thought about what will happen as a result

: doing something quickly and without thinking carefully about what will happen as a result

rash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a group of red spots on the skin that is caused by an illness or a reaction to something

: a series of usually unpleasant things or events that happen in a short period of time

rash

adjective
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Kids Definition of rash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: done or made quickly and without thought of the likely result a rash decision

Other words from rash

rashly adverb
rashness noun

rash

noun

Kids Definition of rash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a breaking out of the skin with red spots (as from illness or an allergic reaction)

2 : a series of bad things that happen in a short time a rash of fires

rash

noun
\ ˈrash \

Medical Definition of rash 

: an eruption on the body typically with little or no elevation above the surface

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