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raffish

[raf-ish] /ˈræf ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish:
a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions.
2.
gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry.
Origin of raffish
1795-1805
1795-1805; raff + -ish1
Related forms
raffishly, adverb
raffishness, noun
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  • Visiting him in his room at the raffish Chelsea Hotel, I noticed that there was a crumpled cigarette package under the bed.

British Dictionary definitions for raffish

raffish

/ˈræfɪʃ/
adjective
1.
careless or unconventional in dress, manners, etc; rakish
2.
tawdry; flashy; vulgar
Derived Forms
raffishly, adverb
raffishness, noun
Word Origin
C19: see raff
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Word Origin and History for raffish
adj.

"disreputable, vulgar," 1801 (first attested in Jane Austen), from raff "people," usually of a lower sort (1670s), probably from rif and raf (mid-14c.) "everyone," from Middle English raf, raffe "one and all, everybody" (see riffraff). Related: Raffishly; raffishness.

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