There are 2 main definitions of rakish in English:

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rakish 1

Line breaks: rak¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪkɪʃ/

adjective

Having or displaying a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance: he had a rakish, debonair look
More example sentences
  • Tall, with a slightly rakish appearance, as if he'd just flown in from Monte Carlo or Rio or the south of France, Mark Bradshaw turned heads everywhere he went.
  • His face has a slightly rakish quality to it, his eyes gleaming with charm, and cunning.
  • He arrives on the dot, his tall, dark-haired, slightly rakish figure hurrying up Petergate through the crowds.
Synonyms
dashing, debonair, sporty, jaunty, devil-may-care, breezy;
stylish, fashionable, dapper, spruce;
raffish, disreputable, louche
informal sharp

Origin

Early 18th century: from rake2 + -ish1.

Derivatives

rakishly

1
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪkɪʃ(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • He was dressed nicely in black slacks and a royal blue dress shirt with the top few buttons rakishly undone, exposing a bit of his sculpted chest.
  • Just before they are about to pull a major swindle, Rockwell appears wearing an absurd Stetson tipped rakishly forward over his eyes.
  • Two places away, wearing his lemon-squeezer hat far more rakishly, marched Malcolm, whom I didn't like very much.

rakishness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He smiled and cocked his head to the side, giving the effect of rakishness.

Words that rhyme with rakish

peckish

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rakish 2 Line breaks: rak¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪkɪʃ/

adjective

(Especially of a boat or car) smart and fast-looking, with streamlined angles and curves: a rakish Chevrolet
More example sentences
  • Huge parking lots, which were fully packed throughout the day with scores of sleek bikes, elegant two-wheelers and rakish cars, stand forlorn and neglected with nothing but tyre tracks and fading oil leaks on the ground.
  • At a glance the long-nosed, low-wing Aztec bore a very strong resemblance to Irv Dunn's departed Twin Bonanza, with the Aztec's more rakish vertical tail a distinguishing feature.
  • Its rakish nose and large headlamps give it a sporty look, but the car seems to run out of styling ideas at the back end where the curved side screens give it a droopy appearance.

Origin

Early 19th century: from rake3 + -ish1.

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