before 900; (noun) Middle Englishrak(e), Old Englishraca (masculine), racu (feminine); cognate with GermanRechen,Old Norsereka shovel; (v.) Middle Englishraken, partly derivative of the noun, partly < Old Norseraka to scrape, rake
rakable, rakeable, adjective
8. comb, scour, ransack.
a dissolute or profligate person, especially a man who is licentious; roué.
"toothed tool," O.E. raca "rake," earlier ræce, from P.Gmc. *rak- "gather, heap up" (cf. O.N. reka "spade, shovel," O.H.G. rehho, Ger. Rechen "rake," Goth. rikan "to heap up, collect"). The verb is attested from mid-13c.; of gunfire from c.1630.
"debauchee," 1653, shortening of rakehell (1547), possibly an alteration (by association with rake (1) and Hell) of M.E. rakel (adj.) "hasty, rash, headstrong," probably from raken "to go, proceed," from O.E. racian, of unknown origin. Rakish first recorded 1706.