raffish


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Related to raffish: redolence, obtrusive

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.

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

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 ?
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. But, his popular name was Rumty, which in a moment of inspiration had been bestowed upon him by a gentleman of convivial habits connected with the drug-markets, as the beginning of a social chorus, his leading part in the execution of which had led this gentleman to the Temple of Fame, and of which the whole expressive burden ran: 'Rumty iddity, row dow dow, Sing toodlely, teedlely, bow wow wow.'
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.
According to sources, the raffish boys after tracing the cell number late Aneela Parmar initially started to send her different messages through WhatsAap and other social media modes and finally they started to post her edited images in sitting different gathering with them and commenced to make her black-mail.
Latter-day Bowie was a wonder to behold, a raffish charmer with a generous manner and sack full of mad longings and wild dreams to share.
5 She was at the Royal wedding with husband John Major - and a raffish Roman!
Infamous as well as famous, his name is inextricably linked to the Red Sea and the raffish ports between Suez and Aden in the early years of the twentieth century.
His embodied a certain grandly raffish culture of the past, and this was ultimately his greatest virtue, in my eyes.
Vejonis, usually known for his down-to-earth approach to life as an ordinary guy from Madona, is revealed in a new light, first as a rather raffish Riviera aristocrat complete with cravat, then as more of a Marcello Mastroianni-type man-about-town lacking only a sports car in his pursuit of La Dolce Vita.
In other words, he couldn't be a member of a grand, raffish Mr Cameron resigned from White's institution, which had at one time boasted the patronage of every Prime Minister from Robert Walpole in the 18th century to Robert Peel in the 19th, for the most pathetic of reasons - it might upset the kind of people who are obsessed with eating muesli every day and campaigning endlessly on transgender issues.
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.