Share this entry

Translation of rather in Spanish:


American English: /ˈræðər/
British English: /ˈrɑːðə/
  • 1 1.1 (stating preference) I'd rather walk than go by bus
    prefiero andar a ir en autobús
    I'd rather not
    preferiría no hacerlo ( or no ir etc. )
    I'd rather you didn't smoke
    preferiría que no fumaras
    I'd rather not think about that
    prefiero no pensar en eso
    which would you rather have, an apple or an orange?
    ¿qué prefieres, una manzana o una naranja?
    I'd do anything rather than give up dancing
    haría cualquier cosa antes que dejar de bailar
    I'd rather die than …
    preferiría morir a …
    rather you than me!
    ¡menos mal que eres tú y no yo!
    1.2 (more precisely) we're acquaintances rather than friends
    somos conocidos, más que amigos
    no somos amigos, más bien conocidos
    she has a shop, or rather a stall
    tiene una tienda, o mejor dicho un puesto
    1.3 (instead) he wasn't upset about it; rather, he was relieved
    no estaba disgustado sino más bien aliviado
  • 2 (fairly)
    (somewhat) algo
    un poco
    it's rather a long way
    queda bastante lejos
    it's rather a or a rather good book
    el libro es bastante bueno or no está nada mal
    she looks rather like Janet
    se parece algo or un poco a Janet
    I rather suspect you're right
    yo diría que tienes razón
    I rather think that …
    me da la impresión or tengo la sensación de que …
    are you tired? — yes, I am, rather
    ¿estás cansado? — sí, bastante
    Example sentences
    • Some of the monkeys were friendly, but others were behaving rather oddly.
    • Alex, who is rather arrogant and unpleasant, begins to receive strange text messages.
    • It was, rather strangely, his extensive knowledge of astrology that led to his first appointment.


American English: /ˈræðər/
British English: /rɑːˈðəː/
  • (British) [colloquial] [dated]
    ¡ya lo creo!
    ¡por supuesto!
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.