Main definitions of rash in English

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rash1

adjective

  • Acting or done without careful consideration of the possible consequences; impetuous:

    ‘it would be extremely rash to make such an assumption’
    ‘a rash decision’
    • ‘John Terry booked after a rash challenge which nearly lost Holdsworth his head.’
    • ‘Apart from Rooney's rash moment, which even then was silly rather than truly incendiary, the players emerged with credit.’
    • ‘There certainly has been no idle chatter preceding this 2000 decider, no rash predictions.’
    • ‘Have we really thought through the consequences of rash action now?’
    • ‘Luis Garcia goes close after getting away with a rash challenge on the goalkeeper.’
    • ‘Most call-centre vehicles do have phone numbers displayed, to complain about rash driving.’
    • ‘Everyone discusses their hotels and makes rash predictions for the best pavilions.’
    • ‘I usually restrain myself from making such a rash move, but it's not easy.’
    • ‘One has to trust, for all our sakes, this isn't a rash prediction.’
    • ‘Could I really destroy the chances for the whole group in one rash decision?’
    • ‘Her future takes a dramatic turn when she follows an uncharacteristically rash instinct and travels to the slums of Bombay.’
    • ‘He said Deputy Fleming ‘should learn his history and not be making rash statements’.’
    • ‘Got away with just a yellow card for one rash tackle that underlined his commitment.’
    • ‘But what must be deterred is none other than America's rash action.’
    • ‘A rash action or a hasty decision at this time could have calamitous results.’
    • ‘The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.’
    • ‘He had obvious talent, but had a habit of making a couple of rash tackles.’
    • ‘But it was a rash challenge from Simon Francis to give away the penalty.’
    • ‘So in reality her quick thinking and rash acting had caused Jeff to faint.’
    • ‘Now is not the time to make any rash decisions, " she said.’
    reckless, impetuous, impulsive, hasty, overhasty, foolhardy, incautious, precipitate, precipitous, premature, careless, heedless, thoughtless, imprudent, foolish, headstrong, adventurous, over-adventurous, hot-headed, daredevil, devil-may-care, overbold, audacious, indiscreet
    ill-considered, unconsidered, unthinking, ill-advised, injudicious, ill-judged, misguided, spur-of-the-moment, unthought-out, hare-brained, unwary, unguarded, wild, madcap
    harum-scarum
    temerarious
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Origin

Late Middle English (also in Scots and northern English in the sense ‘nimble, eager’): of Germanic origin; related to German rasch.

Pronunciation:

rash

/raʃ/

Main definitions of rash in English

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rash2

noun

  • 1An area of redness and spots on a person's skin, appearing especially as a result of illness:

    ‘a red itchy rash appeared on her legs’
    ‘next day he broke out in a rash’
    • ‘The rash appears because part of the immune system is overly sensitive to irritation.’
    • ‘The women were asked to report any rashes occurring in themselves or their children.’
    • ‘Similarly, oregano oil wipes out a fungus called Candida albicans, which causes diaper rash and other ailments.’
    • ‘Nettle rash can also be treated by applying a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to the affected area.’
    • ‘Many babies between the ages of 4 months and 15 months get diaper rash.’
    • ‘Symptoms and signs of pneumonia develop a few days after the rash appears.’
    • ‘Leave her in dirty nappies longer than necessary and she will probably develop a nappy rash.’
    • ‘Prickly heat is a very itchy red skin rash, causing a prickling or burning feeling.’
    • ‘Chickenpox is a viral infection that causes a red, itchy rash on the skin.’
    • ‘During her inpatient stay, this woman developed a painful, unilateral erythematous rash in a butterfly distribution.’
    • ‘Certain inflammatory diseases can affect your skin, causing rashes and lesions.’
    • ‘Although there is no way to cure a poison ivy rash, you can ease the discomfort.’
    • ‘The thought of measles may bring to mind the red, blotchy rash that often accompanies this disorder.’
    • ‘Your child with eczema may develop heat rash easily if the skin is overheated.’
    • ‘Her parents said she did not have the rash often associated with the infection.’
    • ‘Side effects are uncommon but may include an allergic rash, nausea or headache.’
    • ‘You are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until roughly five days after.’
    • ‘The only certain way of avoiding poison ivy rash is to avoid the plant.’
    • ‘You might get a little road rash on you arms.’
    • ‘In a few cases, major skin rashes appeared 12-24 hr following exposure.’
    spots, skin eruption, breakout
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  • 2A series of things of the same type, especially when unwelcome, happening within a short space of time:

    ‘a rash of strikes by health service workers’
    • ‘Someone mentioned that there has been a rash of suicides in British juvenile detention.’
    • ‘There has been a rash of construction accidents in Uganda in recent years.’
    • ‘Equity markets are reeling following a rash of corporate scandals.’
    • ‘Five people were killed and 86 injured in the rash of bombings on Dec. 12.’
    • ‘I would have thought it might be more embarrassing to have a rash of your mistakes put on display for everyone to see.’
    • ‘The run-up to the 30th anniversary produced a rash of new revelations and bitter polemics.’
    • ‘The condemnation follows recent controversy in the US where a rash of product recalls has provoked a safety panic over free gifts.’
    • ‘Just like they said when those very same refineries were shut down because of a rash of accidents, it was going to cost us.’
    • ‘The scheme hasn't changed and the personnel wasn't much different until a recent rash of injuries.’
    • ‘What's with this recent rash of injuries plaguing the Gang Green?’
    • ‘In Nigeria, federal authorities are clamping down on a rash of crude oil thefts.’
    • ‘The rash of school shootings in recent months has drawn national attention to this problem.’
    • ‘Expect the rash of injuries to continue this season, even without the Olympics.’
    • ‘There appears to be little hope that the rash of screener thefts from checked luggage will abate anytime soon.’
    • ‘In particular, a rash of break-and-enters plagued home owners and businesses alike over the past month.’
    • ‘Are you still convinced that guns are the cause of the recent rash of school shootings?’
    • ‘There has been a rash of sightings of elephants roosting in trees that has left authorities shaken and dazed.’
    • ‘More important, there was no rash of accidental shootings by women in Orlando.’
    • ‘Last week, there was a rash of thefts from vehicles parked in SFU parking lots.’
    • ‘The rash of strikes on the railways and elsewhere should quickly disabuse them of that delusion.’
    series, succession
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Origin

Early 18th century: probably related to Old French rasche eruptive sores, scurf; compare with Italian raschia itch.

Pronunciation:

rash

/raʃ/