raffish

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From late 18th century raff (indicating "persons among the lowest class in society") +‎ -ish, still retained in contemporary English with riffraff. From Old French raffer (to wear away), of Germanic origin. Compare German raffen. Compare rip (to tear), rap (to snatch).

Adjective[edit]

raffish (comparative more raffish, superlative most raffish)

  1. Characterized by careless unconventionality; rakish.
  2. Low-class; disreputable; vulgar.

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