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1. Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.
2. Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.

[From raff, rubbish, disreputable people, rabble, from Late Middle English riffe raffe; see riffraff.]

raff′ish·ly adv.
raff′ish·ness n.
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Adv.1.raffishly - in a rakish manner; "she wore her hat rakishly at an angle"
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This raffishly attractive couple act as the protagonists who link the narrative while simultaneously attempting to resolve their own on-off romance, which acts as a diverting (and occasionally raunchy) sub-plot.
It's a tribute to Joseph Gilgun's performance that his sort-of leader Rudy stays just on the right side of the tightrope between raffishly funny and deeply annoying.
One woman in particular had come over all Jane Austen - "Bring me some smelling salts and don't tell Papa that I've eloped with a raffishly handsome if ill-mannered farmhand