Definition of rather exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rather

 exclamation
exclamation
BrE BrE//ˈrɑːðə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈræðər//
 
 
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BrE also BrE//ˌrɑːˈðɜː(r)//
 
(old-fashioned, British English) used to agree with somebody’s suggestion ‘How about a trip to the beach?’ ‘Rather!’
Word Origin Old English hrathor ‘earlier, sooner’, comparative of hræthe ‘without delay’, from hræth ‘prompt’, of Germanic origin.