from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. prefer to; prefers to.


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  • “I had rather the better of it,” he answered, as precise as a slice of cold-boiled Boston.

    Old Gorgon Graham

  • He had rather a slender figure, and was probably much more like his mother, who was a Miss Phelps, than the race of Judge Hathorne.

    The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But he had rather anticipated that a deep-toned bell would ring somewhere, surely, and that it would be answered.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Chlorine had rather understated the case when she said Nimby was strange.

    Cube Route

  • Dully, not reading it carefully, Mary signed it. if God in His mercy had not preserved us, as we trust, to the end that we may take a rigorous vengeance of that mysterious deed, which ere it should remain unpunished we had rather lose life and all.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • Yor. hand, In The Bank I observed the prints gives 5 perCent for mony and so Im Sattisfied You may do and be no looser and oblige me in It to boot under those termes I cant go, and so much I propose I can gett from another Safe hand, if You will not do give it but I had rather

    Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, February 13, 1721

  • Then, if then only, his men ceased to grumble about his discipline and told themselves that when the shells were bursting and the minié balls whining, they had rather have Robert Ransom than any other man as their commander because he knew how to move them swiftly and with minimum losses.11


  • The fallacy that Roosevelt, like the proverbial Irishman at Donnybrook Fair, had rather fight than eat, spread through the country, and indeed throughout the world, and had its influence in determining whether men voted for him or not.

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • Bilbo of course ought to have been on his guard; but Smaug had rather an overwhelming personality.

    The Hobbit

  • Mr. Flipper must have had rather a hard time of it during his undergraduate career, if, as we find it stated, most if not all his white fellow-students have declined to associate with him.

    Henry Ossian Flipper The Colored Cadet at West Point


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