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raffish

Postby Bailey » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:15 pm

raff·ish (rfsh)
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.]



raffish·ly adv.
raffish·ness n.

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ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsAdj. 1. raffish - marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
jaunty, natty, rakish, dapper, spiffy, spruce, dashing, snappy, smart
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current fashion; "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
devil-may-care, rakish
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"


Max Toocool was getting tired of the raffish giglets; who while cute engaged in conversation that ranged from boring to more boring.

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Postby Perry » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:56 pm

So after boring into them with a penetrating glance, he put his hat on at a raffish angle and departed.
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Postby Bailey » Thu Aug 24, 2006 11:21 pm

Perry wrote:So after boring into them with a penetrating glance, he put his hat on at a raffish angle and departed.

And here I thought it was set at a rakish angle
rak·ish 1 (rksh)
adj.
1. Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: "We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull" John Masefield.
2. Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty.



[Probably from rake3 (from the raking masts of pirate ships).]

rak·ish 2 (rksh)
adj.
Of the character of a rake; dissolute.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words AntonymsAdj. 1. rakish - marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
jaunty, natty, raffish, dapper, spiffy, spruce, dashing, snappy, smart
fashionable, stylish - being or in accordance with current fashion; "fashionable clothing"; "the fashionable side of town"; "a fashionable cafe"
2. rakish - marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; "a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors"- Crary Moore
devil-may-care, raffish
unconventional - not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles"

Our Max was never much of a rake, although turned sideways....

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Postby Palewriter » Fri Aug 25, 2006 3:04 pm

We all know what can happen when your stumble over a rake.

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