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raffish

Syllabification: raff·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈrafiSH
 
/

Definition of raffish in English:

adjective

Unconventional and slightly disreputable, especially in an attractive manner: his raffish air
More example sentences
  • Artists and antique dealers have moved in, giving the neighbourhood a raffish bohemian energy.
  • At times, according to historical reports, the concert venues had the raffish air of a beer hall.
  • Brighton, on the south coast and one hour by train from London, is the most raffish, louche and exciting of British seaside towns.
Synonyms
rakish, unconventional, Bohemian;
devil-may-care, casual, careless;
louche, disreputable, dissolute, decadent

Origin

early 19th century: from riffraff + -ish1.

Derivatives

raffishly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • These things look great fun to fly - their pilots wave from open cockpits and wiggle their wings raffishly.
  • He lies in the bed, smiling raffishly, smoking a cigarette.
  • His hair was raffishly long, and a hunting knife hung by his side.

raffishness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • ‘Fantastic body,’ Davo recalled, with an unexpected touch of raffishness.
  • Head into the wooded foothills to Badenweiler, a spa town with that mix of classical gentility, raffishness and effusive horticulture that marks the better thermal spots.
  • What's largely missing is an attempt to inculcate deeper values, explore the most controversial sides of the business, and capture the essential, troublemaking raffishness of the craft.

Words that rhyme with raffish

damselfish

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