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rakish

[ rey-kish ]SEE DEFINITION OF rakish

Synonyms for rakish

  • dashing
  • jaunty
  • profligate
  • raffish
  • saucy
  • sporty
  • abandoned
  • chic
  • debauched
  • depraved
  • devil-may-care
  • dissipated
  • dissolute
  • fashionable
  • fast
  • flashy
  • gay
  • lecherous
  • licentious
  • loose
  • natty
  • prodigal
  • sinful
  • smart
  • wanton
  • wild
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Antonyms for rakish

  • clean
  • moral
  • upright
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RAKISH

He bowed, rakish and smiling, with all the airs of a dancing master.

He was leaning back in a morris chair, rakish, debonair, and at his ease.

I do not know what a rakish craft is; but this was very rakish and very crafty.

The Imp was narrow and rakish, with a low cockpit and a high bow and stern.

After which them two old cut-ups wink at each other rakish and slap their knees.

He was a serious young man, not rakish or loud-voiced like the others.

He is a rakish looking fellow, dressed in smart but cheap clothing.

But no, still tilted to a rakish angle, it came at last to rest.

The square section of stone floor was now tilted to a rakish angle.

It was still leaning at a rakish angle when the boy sprang up the ladder.

WORD ORIGIN

1706, "debauched, disreputable," from rake (n.2) + -ish. Related: Rakishly; rakishness.

The meaning "smart, jaunty, dashing" (1824) is said to be a different word, probably from rake "slant, slope" (1620s), used especially in reference to a ship's hull or sails, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Old Swedish raka "project, reach;" Danish rage "protrude, project") related to Old English reccan "stretch." "The piratical craft of former times were distinguished for their rakish build" [Century Dictionary].

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RAKISH

dapper

adjectivewell-groomed, neat
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