(obsolete) More quickly; sooner, earlier.
Anything which catches rats, especially a dog trained to catch them; a rat terrier.
Used to specify a choice or preference; preferably. (Now usually followed by than)
‘I'd rather stay in all day than go out with them.’; ‘I'd like this one rather than the other one.’; ‘I'd rather be with you.’;
One who rats; a traitor; a deserter.
(conjunctive) Used to introduce a contradiction; on the contrary.
‘It wasn't supposed to be popular; rather, it was supposed to get the job done.’; ‘She didn't go along, but rather went home instead.’;
One who, or that which, rats, as one who deserts his party.
(conjunctive) Introducing a qualification or clarification; more precisely. (Now usually preceded by or.)
‘I didn't want to leave. Or rather I did, just not alone.’;
Anything which catches rats; esp., a dog trained to catch rats; a rat terrier. See Terrier.
(degree) Somewhat, fairly.
‘This melon is rather tasteless.’; ‘This melon is rather tasteless, especially compared to the one we had last time.’;
a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
To prefer; to prefer to.
any of several breeds of terrier developed to catch rats
(obsolete) Prior; earlier; former.
An enthusiastic affirmation.
Prior; earlier; former.
‘Now no man dwelleth at the rather town.’;
Earlier; sooner; before.
‘Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.’; ‘A good mean to come the rather to grace.’;
More readily or willingly; preferably.
‘My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.’;
On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
‘Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse.’;
Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
‘He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.’;
More properly; more correctly speaking.
‘This is an artWhich does mend nature, change it rather, butThe art itself is nature.’;
In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
‘You are come to me in happy time,The rather for I have some sport in hand.’;
on the contrary;
‘rather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left’; ‘he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter’; ‘used English terms instead of Latin ones’;
to some (great or small) extent;
‘it was rather cold’; ‘the party was rather nice’; ‘the knife is rather dull’; ‘I rather regret that I cannot attend’; ‘He's rather good at playing the cello’; ‘he is kind of shy’;
more readily or willingly;
‘clean it well, preferably with warm water’; ‘I'd rather be in Philadelphia’; ‘I'd sooner die than give up’;
to a degree (not used with a negative);
‘quite tasty’; ‘quite soon’; ‘quite ill’; ‘quite rich’;
Rather may refer to: