rather etymology

Middle English word rather comes from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, Proto-Indo-European *ḱerh₂-, and later Proto-Germanic *hradaz (Quick, hasty.)

Detailed word origin of rather

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*kert- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*ḱerh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*hradaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Quick, hasty.
*hrunþaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) A horned beast, as in a neat or ox.
hræd Old English (ang) Quick, hasty.
*hraþô Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
hrūþ Old English (ang)
hriþer Old English (ang) Cattle.
hraþe Old English (ang) Quickly, rapidly.
rether Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as rather

Descendants of *kert-
-ard Rycharde bastard crele hard hardely hardliche herden hirsten
Descendants of *ḱerh₂-
corner hart heort herne hert hiren hirne horn horne huirne hurne hyrne inkhorn reother rether rither rodder rother rudder ruther sere unikorn