mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish: a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions.
gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry.

1795–1805; raff + -ish1

raffishly, adverb
raffishness, noun
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raffish (ˈræfɪʃ)
1.  careless or unconventional in dress, manners, etc; rakish
2.  tawdry; flashy; vulgar
[C19: see raff]

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Word Origin & History

"disreputable, vulgar," 1801 (first attested in Jane Austen), from raff "people," usually of a lower sort (1673), probably from rif and raf (1338) "everyone," via Fr. or M.Du., ultimately also probably related to Swed. rafs "rubbish" (see riffraff).
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Example sentences
Still there are those who mistake dark clouds for raffish hucksterism.
All of which sits a tad oddly with the raffish behaviour of the writers-especially those of a generation ago.
The overwhelming majority of this tangy, raffish slang has vanished or has been supplanted by newer slang.
Inside the atmosphere of the court was as raffish as the outside.
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