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raffish

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

First recorded in 1795–1805; see origin at raff + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM raffish

raff·ish·ly, adverbraff·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for raffish

raffish
/ (ˈræfɪʃ) /

adjective
careless or unconventional in dress, manners, etc; rakish
tawdry; flashy; vulgar

Derived forms of raffish

raffishly, adverbraffishness, noun

Word Origin for raffish

C19: see raff
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