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raffish

[raf-ish]
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  1. mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish: a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions.
  2. gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry.
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Origin of raffish

First recorded in 1795–1805; raff + -ish1
Related formsraff·ish·ly, adverbraff·ish·ness, noun
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raffish

adjective
  1. careless or unconventional in dress, manners, etc; rakish
  2. tawdry; flashy; vulgar
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Derived Formsraffishly, adverbraffishness, noun

Word Origin

C19: see raff
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Word Origin and History for raffish

adj.

"disreputable, vulgar," 1801 (first attested in Jane Austen), from raff "people," usually of a lower sort (1670s), probably from rif and raf (mid-14c.) "everyone," from Middle English raf, raffe "one and all, everybody" (see riffraff). Related: Raffishly; raffishness.

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