to some (great or small) extent;
"it was rather cold"
"the party was rather nice"
"the knife is rather dull"
"I rather regret that I cannot attend"
"He's rather good at playing the cello"
"he is kind of shy"
- `Is she interested?' `Well, kind of.'
- He was kind of a fool.
- I had always been a kind of spendthrift .