[ US /ˈɹeɪkɪʃ/ ]
[ UK /ɹˈækɪʃ/ ]
  1. marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
    a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors
  2. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
    a jaunty red hat
    a dapper young man
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How To Use rakish In A Sentence

  • He had to keep reminding his rakish senses that she was more innocent than her behavior painted her. ALL ABOUT LOVE
  • He plays the novel's rakish hero.
  • Shortly after leaving our anchorage we passed close to leeward of a long rakish-looking lateener, on board which, as ill-luck would have it, an anchor-watch was being kept. Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War
  • He was wearing his hat at a rakish angle.
  • Tall, with a slightly rakish appearance, as if he'd just flown in from Monte Carlo or Rio or the south of France, Mark Bradshaw turned heads everywhere he went.
  • Actress Frances O'Connor brings a refreshing candour to the most insufferably priggish of all Austen's heroines, Fanny Price, and Alessandro Nivola is irresistibly rakish as her potential beau.
  • Their heavy woollen shirts crossed by the broad suspenders, the red of their sashes or leather shine of their belts, their short kersey trousers "stagged" off to leave a gap between the knee and the heavily spiked "cork boots" -- all these were distinctive enough of their class, but most interesting to me were the eyes that peered from beneath their little round hats tilted rakishly askew. Americans All Stories of American Life of To-Day
  • She despises George and is diverted by the renewal of her acquaintance with the rakish Judge Brack who offers the possibility of flirting, gossip and intrigue.
  • The red of her coat brought out the natural glow of her skin, and a bandage on her temple made her look madcap and rakish.
  • There was Philippa Mannering looking avid in a beautifully cut check suit and a brown beret at a rakish angle.
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