rakish

1
[ rey-kish ]
/ ˈreɪ kɪʃ /

adjective

like a rake; dissolute: rakish behavior.

Nearby words

  1. raking,
  2. raking bond,
  3. raking cornice,
  4. raking course,
  5. raking piece,
  6. rakishly,
  7. raku,
  8. rakʿa,
  9. rale,
  10. raleigh

Origin of rakish

1
First recorded in 1700–10; rake2 + -ish1

Related formsrak·ish·ly, adverbrak·ish·ness, noun

rakish

2
[ 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

2
First recorded in 1815–25; rake3 + -ish1

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British Dictionary definitions for rakish

rakish

1
/ (ˈreɪkɪʃ) /

adjective

dissolute; profligate
Derived Formsrakishly, adverbrakishness, noun

Word Origin for rakish

C18: from rake ² + -ish

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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Word Origin and History for rakish

rakish

adj.

1706, "debauched, disreputable," from rake (n.2) + -ish. Related: Rakishly; rakishness.

The meaning "smart, jaunty, dashing" (1824) is said to be a different word, probably from rake "slant, slope" (1620s), used especially in reference to a ship's hull or sails, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Old Swedish raka "project, reach;" Danish rage "protrude, project") related to Old English reccan "stretch." "The piratical craft of former times were distinguished for their rakish build" [Century Dictionary].

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