Examples from the Web for raffish
Visiting him in his room at the raffish Chelsea Hotel, I noticed that there was a crumpled cigarette package under the bed.
But the muslin curtains, tied back with raffish pink bows, had really worried her most of all.Carnival|Compton Mackenzie
And oh the raffish counts and more than doubtful countesses, the noodles and the blacklegs, the good society!The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete|John Forster
Raffish party too, spy and conspirator persuasion, that sort of thing.Nevermore|Rolf Boldrewood
The raffish mongrel was apparently endeavouring to fletcherize a complete stranger of the Sealyham family.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
And there are screeching Cockney women, raw and raffish, brutalized children, and men who would survive in the fiercest jungle.Nights in London|Thomas Burke
British Dictionary definitions for raffish
Word Origin for raffish
Word Origin and History for raffish
"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.