rakish

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Etymology[edit]

rake (man habituated to immoral conduct) +‎ -ish.

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rakish (comparative more rakish, superlative most rakish)

  1. Dashingly, carelessly, or sportingly unconventional or stylish; jaunty; characterized by a devil-may-care unconventionality; having a somewhat disreputable quality or appearance.
    • 2007, Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007
      the rakish Dennis Quaid, a Houston native who is moving to Texas in a couple of years and wants it to become "the new Hollywood."
  2. (dated) Like a rake; dissolute; profligate.
    • (Can we date this quote by Macaulay and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      The arduous task of converting a rakish lover.

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