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  1. (nonstandard or dialectal) present participle of rather


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rathering (not comparable)

  1. (nonstandard, possibly a mistake) Alternative form of rather
    • 1915-16, the Ohio State University Scientific Society and the Ohio Academy of Science, The Ohio Journal of Science (continuation of the Ohio Naturalist): Volumes 16-17, volume 17, number 3, page 94:
      Some years ago I chanced to be in a geologic conference, dealing with this phase of geology, in two sessions of which rathering striking statements were made, []
    • 1990, Bonnie Greene, Canadian Churches and Foreign Policy, page 57:
      Rathering than facing the difficult task of presenting the region in all its many facets, observers have been tempted to force it into the stereotypes of good guys and bad guys, white hats and black hats, []
    • 1993, Amitava Mukherjee, V. K. Agnihotri, Environment and Development: Views from the East & the West, page 538:
      The Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 did bring the environment on top of the international agenda, but it was like agreeing to discuss the symptoms of a disease rathering than getting down to the actual treatment []