: early
bring the rathe primrose that forsaken diesJohn Milton

Word History


Middle English, quick, from Old English hræth, alteration of hræd; akin to Old High German hrad quick

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rathe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rathe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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