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’
    • ‘One has to trust, for all our sakes, this isn't a rash prediction.’
    • ‘He had obvious talent, but had a habit of making a couple of rash tackles.’
    • ‘Most call-centre vehicles do have phone numbers displayed, to complain about rash driving.’
    • ‘He said Deputy Fleming ‘should learn his history and not be making rash statements’.’
    • ‘A rash action or a hasty decision at this time could have calamitous results.’
    • ‘I usually restrain myself from making such a rash move, but it's not easy.’
    • ‘Could I really destroy the chances for the whole group in one rash decision?’
    • ‘So in reality her quick thinking and rash acting had caused Jeff to faint.’
    • ‘John Terry booked after a rash challenge which nearly lost Holdsworth his head.’
    • ‘Everyone discusses their hotels and makes rash predictions for the best pavilions.’
    • ‘Have we really thought through the consequences of rash action now?’
    • ‘Got away with just a yellow card for one rash tackle that underlined his commitment.’
    • ‘Apart from Rooney's rash moment, which even then was silly rather than truly incendiary, the players emerged with credit.’
    • ‘But it was a rash challenge from Simon Francis to give away the penalty.’
    • ‘But what must be deterred is none other than America's rash action.’
    • ‘Now is not the time to make any rash decisions, " she said.’
    • ‘Luis Garcia goes close after getting away with a rash challenge on the goalkeeper.’
    • ‘The reformist troops weren't rash or impetuous enough to do something so drastic without direct orders.’
    • ‘There certainly has been no idle chatter preceding this 2000 decider, no rash predictions.’
    • ‘Her future takes a dramatic turn when she follows an uncharacteristically rash instinct and travels to the slums of Bombay.’
    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
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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.’
    • ‘Your child with eczema may develop heat rash easily if the skin is overheated.’
    • ‘You might get a little road rash on you arms.’
    • ‘Although there is no way to cure a poison ivy rash, you can ease the discomfort.’
    • ‘Similarly, oregano oil wipes out a fungus called Candida albicans, which causes diaper rash and other ailments.’
    • ‘Many babies between the ages of 4 months and 15 months get diaper rash.’
    • ‘Certain inflammatory diseases can affect your skin, causing rashes and lesions.’
    • ‘Side effects are uncommon but may include an allergic rash, nausea or headache.’
    • ‘The women were asked to report any rashes occurring in themselves or their children.’
    • ‘Prickly heat is a very itchy red skin rash, causing a prickling or burning feeling.’
    • ‘Nettle rash can also be treated by applying a drop or two of eucalyptus oil to the affected area.’
    • ‘The thought of measles may bring to mind the red, blotchy rash that often accompanies this disorder.’
    • ‘In a few cases, major skin rashes appeared 12-24 hr following exposure.’
    • ‘The only certain way of avoiding poison ivy rash is to avoid the plant.’
    • ‘Leave her in dirty nappies longer than necessary and she will probably develop a nappy rash.’
    • ‘Symptoms and signs of pneumonia develop a few days after the rash appears.’
    • ‘You are infectious from about two days before the rash appears until roughly five days after.’
    • ‘Her parents said she did not have the rash often associated with the infection.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘The condemnation follows recent controversy in the US where a rash of product recalls has provoked a safety panic over free gifts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There appears to be little hope that the rash of screener thefts from checked luggage will abate anytime soon.’
    • ‘The run-up to the 30th anniversary produced a rash of new revelations and bitter polemics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More important, there was no rash of accidental shootings by women in Orlando.’
    • ‘What's with this recent rash of injuries plaguing the Gang Green?’
    • ‘The scheme hasn't changed and the personnel wasn't much different until a recent rash of injuries.’
    • ‘Equity markets are reeling following a rash of corporate scandals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Expect the rash of injuries to continue this season, even without the Olympics.’
    • ‘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 rash of strikes on the railways and elsewhere should quickly disabuse them of that delusion.’
    • ‘Last week, there was a rash of thefts from vehicles parked in SFU parking lots.’
    • ‘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.’
    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/