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Meaning of RATHER in English
  1. to a degree (not used with a negative)
  2. to some (great or small) extent
  3. more readily or willingly
  4. on the contrary
  5. Prior; earlier; former.
  6. Earlier; sooner; before.
  7. More readily or willingly; preferably.
  8. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or suggested; instead.
  9. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to, or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
  10. More properly; more correctly speaking.
  11. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the house is rather damp.
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RATHER Sentence, Example and Usage

Examples and usage of RATHER in prose and poetry

To better understand the meaning of RATHER, certain examples of its usage are presented.Examples from famous English prose on the use of the word RATHER

  1. "About once every ten years, said griphook with a rather nasty grin"

    The word/phrase 'rather' was used by 'J. K. Rowling' in 'Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone'.
  2. "Oak, sixteen inches, rather bendy, wasn't it it was, sir, yes, said hagrid"

    'J. K. Rowling' has used the rather in the novel Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone.
  3. "Harry's mouth went rather dry"

    To understand the meaning of rather, please see the following usage by J. K. Rowling in Harry potter and the sorcerer's stone.
Usage of "RATHER": Examples from famous English Poetry

  1. "Leucippe. but i would rather go when they"
    - This term rather was used by Walter Savage Landor in the Poem Alciphron and leucippe.

  2. "As they rather sigh than rest"
    - This term rather was used by John Ford in the Poem Dawn.

  3. "Looks rather like a phantom now"
    - This term rather was used by James Elroy Flecker in the Poem Destroyer of ships, men, cities.

Usage of "RATHER" in sentences

  1. "The teacher disciplined the pupils rather frequently"

  2. "Physical rather than ethereal forms"

  3. "That queer, cosmopolitan, rather sinister crowd found around the Marseilles docks"

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