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rakish

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[ rey-kish ]
/ ˈreɪ kɪʃ /
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adjective
like a rake; dissolute: rakish behavior.
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Origin of rakish

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First recorded in 1700–10; rake2 + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM rakish

rak·ish·ly, adverbrak·ish·ness, noun

Other definitions for rakish (2 of 2)

rakish2
[ rey-kish ]
/ ˈreɪ kɪʃ /

adjective
smart; jaunty; dashing: a hat worn at a rakish angle.
(of a vessel) having an appearance suggesting speed.

Origin of rakish

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First recorded in 1815–25; rake3 + -ish1
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British Dictionary definitions for rakish (1 of 2)

rakish1
/ (ˈreɪkɪʃ) /

adjective
dissolute; profligate

Derived forms of rakish

rakishly, adverbrakishness, noun

Word Origin for rakish

C18: from rake ² + -ish

British Dictionary definitions for rakish (2 of 2)

rakish2
/ (ˈreɪkɪʃ) /

adjective
dashing; jauntya hat set at a rakish angle
nautical (of a ship or boat) having lines suggestive of speed

Word Origin for rakish

C19: probably from rake ³ (sense 1), with reference to the sloping masts of pirate ships
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