AskDefine | Define rather

Dictionary Definition

rather adv
1 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" [syn: instead]
2 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" [syn: kind of, kinda, sort of]
3 more readily or willingly; "clean it well, preferably with warm water"; "I'd rather be in Philadelphia"; "I'd sooner die than give up" [syn: preferably, sooner]
4 to a degree (not used with a negative); "quite tasty"; "quite soon"; "quite ill"; "quite rich" [syn: quite]

User Contributed Dictionary



Via from hraþor


  • (British) räthə(r), /ˈrɑːðə(r)/, /"rA:D@(r)/
  • (American) răthər, /ˈræðɚ/, /"r

Extensive Definition

Rather is a family name. It is also an adverb in the English language.
Rather may refer to:


Elizabeth Rather, co-founder of Forth, Inc. colleague of Chuck Moore and the second ever Forth programmer.


Dan Rather, popular news anchor

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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