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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 rake hell

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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Word Origin and History for rake hell

rakehell

n.

1540s, possibly an alteration (by association with rake (n.1) and Hell) of Middle English rakel (adj.) "hasty, rash, headstrong," probably from raken "to go, proceed," from Old English racian "to go forward, move, hasten," of unknown origin. Cf. rakeshame (n.) "one who lives shamefully" (1590s).

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