Rash (răsh), v. t. [For
arace.] 1. To pull off or pluck
2. To slash; to hack; to cut; to slice.
Rashing off helms and riving plates
Rash, n. [OF. rasche an eruption,
scurf, F. rache; fr. (assumed) LL. rasicare to scratch,
fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, scratch, shave. See
Rase, and cf. Rascal.] (Med.) A fine
eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or no
Canker rash. See in the Vocabulary. --
Nettle rash. See Urticaria. --
Rose rash. See Roseola. --
Tooth rash. See Red-gum.
Rash, n. [Cf. F. ras short-nap
cloth, It. & Sp. raso satin (cf. Rase); or cf. It.
rascia serge, G. rasch, probably fr. Arras in
France (cf. Arras).] An inferior kind of silk, or mixture
of silk and worsted. [Obs.] Donne.
Rash, a. [Compar.
Rasher (-ẽr); superl. Rashest.]
[Probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. rask quick, brisk,
rash, Icel. röskr vigorous, brave, akin to D. & G.
rasch quick, of uncertain origin.] 1.
Sudden in action; quick; hasty. [Obs.] "Strong as aconitum
or rash gunpowder." Shak.
2. Requiring sudden action; pressing;
I scarce have leisure to salute you, Shak.
My matter is so rash.
3. Esp., overhasty in counsel or action;
precipitate; resolving or entering on a project or measure without due
deliberation and caution; opposed to prudent; said of persons;
as, a rash statesman or commander.
4. Uttered or undertaken with too much haste
or too little reflection; as, rash words; rash
5. So dry as to fall out of the ear with
handling, as corn. [Prov. Eng.] Grose.
Syn. -- Precipitate; headlong; headstrong; foolhardy; hasty;
indiscreet; heedless; thoughtless; incautious; careless;
inconsiderate; unwary. -- Rash, Adventurous,
Foolhardy. A man is adventurous who incurs risk or
hazard from a love of the arduous and the bold. A man is rash
who does it from the mere impulse of his feelings, without counting
the cost. A man is foolhardy who throws himself into danger in
disregard or defiance of the consequences.
Was never known a more adventurous
Her rash hand in evil hour
Forth reaching to the fruit, she plucked, she eat.
If any yet be so foolhardy Hudibras.
To expose themselves to vain jeopardy;
If they come wounded off, and lame,
No honor 's got by such a maim.
Rash (răsh), v. t. To
prepare with haste. [Obs.] Foxe.