rash

noun
\ ˈrash How to pronounce rash (audio) \

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

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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 Both the music video and the shoes sparked a backlash from conservative groups, igniting a rash of homophobic and bigoted responses on social media that Lil Nas X has actively defended himself against on Twitter. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Company behind Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' to issue a voluntary recall after Nike lawsuit," 9 Apr. 2021 The decision has brought a rash of bad publicity to Stanford. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Fight to save Stanford sports gains hope: School president to meet with alumni group," 7 Apr. 2021 One recent client had a rash of fungus-feeding beetles on the basement floor. Charlotte Klein, Curbed, "The Best Exterminators in New York," 30 Mar. 2021 One patient had a rash that Levine could not identify because her standard dermatologic textbook did not offer any confirmatory pictures in the patient’s skin color. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, "More kids with asthma, infant mortality, dangerous encounters with police: The impact of racism on health is recounted for Connecticut lawmakers," 27 Mar. 2021 Doctors reported a rash of mysterious birth defects. New York Times, "A Secret War. Decades of Suffering. Will the U.S. Ever Make Good in Laos?," 16 Mar. 2021 The industry is eager for higher fuel prices, having experienced a rash of bankruptcies after prices plummeted last spring. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Gas Price Wars Are Back and More Incoherent Than Ever," 16 Mar. 2021 The publicized promise of more cops on the beat comes as Portland police struggle to curtail a rash of gun violence and ongoing political unrest. oregonlive, "Portland to beef-up weekend police presence amid shooting surge, ongoing protest destruction," 6 Mar. 2021 The state misreported a rash of deaths that were a direct result of the policy, a fact which Cuomo’s administration only admitted after a report from James alleged intentional under-reporting. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo faces threat of legal consequences amid harassment and coronavirus investigations," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But no other natural disaster provoked by humans following rash decisions based on inadequate knowledge of natural relationships will ever be able to rival what Mao Tse-Tung accomplished in the late 1950s. Longreads, "Why Bumblebees Love Cats and Other Beautiful Relationships," 23 Mar. 2021 This vagueness is meant to discourage rash moves by Taiwanese politicians and avoid enraging China. The Economist, "China faces fateful choices, especially involving Taiwan," 20 Feb. 2021 To some election law experts, calling for the Supreme Court to intervene now seemed premature, if not rash. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Judges in Georgia, Michigan dismiss Trump campaign claims of vote-counting irregularities," 5 Nov. 2020 To some election law experts, calling for the Supreme Court to intervene now seemed premature, if not rash. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Judges in Georgia, Michigan dismiss Trump campaign claims of vote-counting irregularities," 5 Nov. 2020 Ultimately, Armstrong tells people not to do anything too rash during this moment of exuberance. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Coinbase CEO issues a warning to investors about Bitcoin risk," 17 Dec. 2020 To some election law experts, calling for the Supreme Court to intervene now seemed premature, if not rash. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Judges in Georgia, Michigan dismiss Trump campaign claims of vote-counting irregularities," 5 Nov. 2020 To some election law experts, calling for the Supreme Court to intervene now seemed premature, if not rash. Mark Sherman, Anchorage Daily News, "Judges in Georgia, Michigan dismiss Trump campaign claims of vote-counting irregularities," 5 Nov. 2020 Another piece of advice that helped Sankey came from Dr. Stella Self, a biostatistician from the University of South Carolina, who warned against making any rash decisions during the pandemic. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Greg Sankey: Football season has been tough, but finish line is near," 23 Nov. 2020 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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The first known use of rash was in the 15th century

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“Rash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rash. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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rash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rash

 (Entry 1 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

English Language Learners Definition of rash (Entry 2 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

adjective
\ ˈrash How to pronounce rash (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rash (audio) \

Medical Definition of rash

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

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