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Definition: Had rather
(h[a^]d), imp. & p. p. of Have
. [OE. had, hafde,
hefde, AS. h[ae]fde.]
Had as lief
, Had rather
, Had better
, Had as soon
etc., with a nominative and followed by the infinitive
without to, are well established idiomatic forms. The
original construction was that of the dative with forms of
be, followed by the infinitive. See Had better
And lever me is be pore and trewe.
[And more agreeable to me it is to be poor and
true.] --C. Mundi
Him had been lever to be syke.
[To him it had been preferable to be sick.]
For him was lever have at his bed's head
Twenty bookes, clad in black or red, . . .
Than robes rich, or fithel, or gay sawtrie.
Note: Gradually the nominative was substituted for the
dative, and had for the forms of be. During the process
of transition, the nominative with was or were, and the
dative with had, are found.
Poor lady, she were better love a dream. --Shak.
You were best hang yourself. --Beau. & Fl.
Me rather had my heart might feel your love
Than my unpleased eye see your courtesy. --Shak.
I hadde levere than my scherte,
That ye hadde rad his legende, as have I.
I had as lief not be as live to be
In awe of such a thing as I myself. --Shak.
I had rather be a dog and bay the moon,
Than such a Roman. --Shak.
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my
God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
(r[a^][th]"[~e]r; 277), adv. [AS. hra[eth]or,
compar. of hra[eth]e, hr[ae][eth]e, quickly, immediately. See
1. Earlier; sooner; before. [Obs.]
Thou shalt, quod he, be rather false than I.
A good mean to come the rather to grace. --Foxe.
2. More readily or willingly; preferably.
My soul chooseth . . . death rather than my life.
--Job vii. 15.
3. On the other hand; to the contrary of what was said or
Was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse. --Mark
4. Of two alternatives conceived of, this by preference to,
or as more likely than, the other; somewhat.
He sought throughout the world, but sought in vain,
And nowhere finding, rather feared her slain.
5. More properly; more correctly speaking.
This is an art
Which does mend nature, change it rather, but
The art itself is nature. --Shak.
6. In some degree; somewhat; as, the day is rather warm; the
house is rather damp.
, the more so; especially; for better reason; for
You are come to me in happy time,
The rather for I have some sport in hand. --Shak.
, or Would rather
, prefer to; prefers to; as,
he had rather, or would rather go than stay. “I had
rather speak five words with my understanding than ten
thousand words in an unknown tongue.”
--1 Cor. xiv. 19.
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