raffish


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raff·ish

 (răf′ĭsh)
adj.
1. Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.
2. Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.

[Probably from dialectal raff, rubbish, from Middle English raf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

raff′ish·ly adv.
raff′ish·ness n.

raffish

(ˈræfɪʃ)
adj
1. careless or unconventional in dress, manners, etc; rakish
2. tawdry; flashy; vulgar
[C19: see raff]
ˈraffishly adv
ˈraffishness n

raff•ish

(ˈræf ɪʃ)

adj.
1. disreputable or nonconformist; rakish.
2. gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry.
[1795–1805]
raff′ish•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.raffish - marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current social fashions; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe"
2.raffish - marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; "a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors"- Crary Moore
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"

raffish

adjective dashing, casual, careless, bohemian, sporty, unconventional, jaunty, disreputable, rakish, devil-may-care He was handsome in a raffish kind of way.
Translations

raffish

[ˈræfɪʃ] ADJdisipado, disoluto

raffish

[ˈræfɪʃ] adj (= attractively disreputable) [person] → à l'air canaille

raffish

adj appearanceflott, verwegen; personflott, verwegen, schnittig; place, behaviourverwegen, zwielichtig

raffish

[ˈræfɪʃ] adj (liter) → dissipato/a
References in classic literature ?
He bowed cordially to the lady in charge of Miss de Barral's education, whom he saw in the hall engaged in conversation with a very good-looking but somewhat raffish young gentleman.
Some of these were more or less appropriate: as Rusty, Retiring, Ruddy, Round, Ripe, Ridiculous, Ruminative; others, derived their point from their want of application: as Raging, Rattling, Roaring, Raffish.
He is a complex man, refined, raffish even, but eruptively emotional, as his touchline antics here indicated, and tougher than his charm suggests.
We sat in silence, solemnly tinned celery, tinned sweet corn, a raffish touch of pineapple, also from a tin, and a few potatoes, the remainder decidedly singed.
Dominic Cooper plays Abe's axe-wielding mentor, while Rufus Sewell is a raffish vampire.
Once there Moomin (Russell Tovey) gets very jealous when his girlfriend Snorkmaiden (Stephanie Winiecki) is romanced by the raffish Clark Tresco (Dave Browne).
Gerard de Villiers, a French popular novelist whose raffish, long-running spy-thriller series, SAS, sold more than 100 million copies and became a kind of drop-box for real-world secrets from intelligence agencies around the world, died Thursday in Paris.
Image Debonair and raffish Best Known For His catchphrase "Well, hel-lo.
Paying tribute, Sir Mark Prescott, said: "Tall, trim and elegant, with a natty style of dress and a slightly raffish length of hair, he possessed perfect manners, a self-deprecating sense of humour and an air of old school charm.
Anne Hathaway plays student Emma who meets raffish Dexter (Jim Sturgess).
When I was growing up, Brighton used to be a delightfully rackety old place, the sort of town to which raffish businessmen driving Triumph Heralds took their secretaries for dirty weekends and their headless torsos were regularly deposited in the left luggage office at the railway station" - Actor Michael Simkins.
Drawing from her own decades-past experience of having worked on a small track, Gordon commandingly relays the story of a raffish band of rapscallions, dreamers and schemers all, veritable slaves to the promise of easy money; a grim and gritty story evoking as much the dissipation of a gambler's life as it does the violent vicissitudes of intimate and profligate relationships; a story weaving terrible moments, like kidnapping, murder, and rape; a story singing of a singular battle-scarred nobility; a story as darkly layered as the American dream and nightmare.