raffish

[ raf-ish ]
/ ˈræf ɪʃ /

adjective

mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish: a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions.
gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry.

Origin of raffish

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

/ (ˈræfɪʃ) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for raffish

C19: see raff
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Word Origin and History for raffish

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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