Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Slightly; to a small extent; in some degree.

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  • adverb colloquial Slightly; to a small extent; in some degree.

Etymologies

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From rather +‎ -ish.

Examples

  • Whatever we may have felt about her lately, -- and I confess there have been times when the declaration of the Fee-Faw-Fum giant of nursery-romance seemed to be of a moral and praiseworthy character, -- there is no doubt, that, in the year of grace of which I write, and in the regards of many ratherish-scholarly gentlemen of our country-towns, the British Islands were the nearest terrestrial correspondences to the Islands of the

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864

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