Rakish Rak"ish (r[=a]k"[i^]sh), a. (Naut.) Having a saucy appearance indicative of speed and dash. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

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  • Rakish — Rak ish (r[=a]k [i^]sh), a. Dissolute; lewd; debauched. [1913 Webster] The arduous task of converting a rakish lover. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rakish — index dissolute, lecherous, licentious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • rakish — (adj.) 1706, from RAKE (Cf. rake) (n.2) + ISH (Cf. ish). Related: Rakishly; rakishness …   Etymology dictionary

  • rakish — [adj] charming and immoral abandoned, chic, dashing, debauched, depraved, devilmay care*, dissipated, dissolute, fashionable, fast*, flashy, gay, jaunty, lecherous, licentious, loose*, natty, prodigal, profligate, raffish, saucy, sinful, smart,… …   New thesaurus

  • rakish — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a dashing, jaunty, or slightly disreputable quality or appearance. 2) (of a boat or car) smart and streamlined. DERIVATIVES rakishly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • rakish — rakish1 [rāk′ish] adj. [< RAKE3 + ISH] 1. having a trim, neat appearance suggesting speed: said of a ship 2. having a smartly trim, casual look; dashing; jaunty rakishly adv. rakishness n. rakish2 [rāk′ish] …   English World dictionary

  • rakish — rak|ish [ˈreıkıʃ] adj [Sense: 1 2; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Probably from rake to slope backward (17 21 centuries); because of the sloping masts of pirate ships.] [Sense: 3; Date: 1700 1800; Origin: RAKE12] 1.) if a man looks rakish, or wears… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • rakish — [[t]re͟ɪkɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A rakish person or appearance is stylish in a confident, bold way. ...a soft brimmed hat which he wore at a rakish angle. ...rakish young gentlemen. Derived words: rakishly ADV GRADED ...a hat cocked… …   English dictionary

  • rakish — adjective 1 at a rakish angle if you wear a hat at a rakish angle, you do not wear it straight, and this makes you look relaxed and confident 2 old fashioned a rakish man behaves in an unacceptable way, having many sexual relationships, wasting… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • rakish — I. adjective Etymology: 5rake Date: 1706 of, relating to, or characteristic of a rake ; dissolute II. adjective Etymology: probably from 4rake; from the raking masts of pirate ships Date: 1824 1. having a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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