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.]
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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
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.
mark not-too-cool Bailey