Definition of raffish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrafiSH/


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.
rakish, unconventional, Bohemian;
devil-may-care, casual, careless;
louche, disreputable, dissolute, decadent



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.


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.


Early 19th century: from riffraff + -ish1.

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Syllabification: raff·ish

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