rank (adj.) Old form(s): rancke , ranke
growing in abundance, excessively luxuriant [often unattractively]
AYL II.vii.46[Jaques to Duke Senior] weed your better judgements / Of all opinion that grows rank in them
H5 V.ii.45[Burgundy to King Henry and the French King, of peace] her fallow leas / The darnel, hemlock, and rank fumitory / Doth root upon
H5 V.ii.50[Burgundy to King Henry and the French King, of the meadow] Wanting the scythe, all uncorrected, rank, / Conceives by idleness
H8 V.i.52[Gardiner to Lovell, of Cranmer] He's a rank weed ... / And we must root him out
Ham I.ii.136[Hamlet alone, of the world] Things rank and gross in nature / Possess it merely
Ham III.iv.153[Hamlet to Gertrude] do not spread the compost on the weeds / To make them ranker [Q2; F ranke]
Ham IV.iv.22[Captain to Hamlet, of the contested land] Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole / A ranker rate, should it be sold in fee
Sonn.118.12[of ills] brought to medicine a healthful state / Which rank of goodness would by ill be cured
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