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rakehell

[reyk-hel] /ˈreɪkˌhɛl/
noun
1.
a licentious or dissolute man; rake.
adjective
2.
Also, rakehelly
[reyk-hel-ee] /ˈreɪkˌhɛl i/ (Show IPA)
. dissolute; profligate.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; alteration by folk etymology (see rake1, hell) of Middle English rakel (adj.) rash, rough, coarse, hasty (akin to rake4); compare Old Norse reikall wandering, unsettled
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British Dictionary definitions for rakehell

rakehell

/ˈreɪkˌhɛl/
noun
1.
a dissolute man; rake
adjective
2.
profligate; dissolute
Word Origin
C16: from rake1 + hell; but compare Middle English rakel rash
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