Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Archaic Appearing or ripening early in the year, as flowers or fruit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. ripening or blooming early.
  • adv. Quickly.
  • adv. Early in the morning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See rath.

Etymologies

Middle English, quick, from Old English hræd, hræth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English hræþ, hræd ("quick, nimble, ready, active, alert, prompt"), from Proto-Germanic *hraþaz, *hradaz (“quick, rapid”), from Proto-Indo-European *kret- (“quick; to move quickly”). Cognate with Dutch rad ("quick, swift"), German gerade ("straight, direct"), Norwegian rad ("quick, direct"), Gothic 𐍂𐌰𐌸𐍃 (raþs, "easy"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English hraþe ("quickly"), from Proto-Germanic *hraþô (“quickly, rapidly”), from *hraþaz (“quick, rapid”). See above. (Wiktionary)

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  • precocious: early blooming

    March 17, 2007