Pronunciation: ( —adv.ra&thslash;'ur, rä'&thslash;ur; —interj.ra&thslash;'ûr', rä'&thslash;ûr'),[key] —adv. 1. in a measure; to a certain extent; somewhat: rather good. 2. in some degree: I rather thought you would regret it. 3. more properly or justly; with better reason: The contrary is rather to be supposed. 4. sooner; more readily or willingly: to die rather than yield. 5. more properly or correctly speaking; more truly: He is a painter or, rather, a watercolorist. 6. on the contrary: It's not generosity, rather self-interest. 7. had or would rather, to prefer that or to: I had much rather we not stay. We would rather go for dinner after the show.
—interj. Chiefly Brit.emphatically yes; assuredly; without doubt: Is the book worth reading?Rather!