rakish

1 [rey-kish]
adjective
like a rake; dissolute: rakish behavior.

Origin:
1700–10; rake2 + -ish1

rakishly, adverb
rakishness, noun
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rakish

2 [rey-kish]
adjective
1.
smart; jaunty; dashing: a hat worn at a rakish angle.
2.
(of a vessel) having an appearance suggesting speed.

Origin:
1815–25; rake3 + -ish1


1. sporting, dapper, debonair, breezy.
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rakish1 (ˈreɪkɪʃ)
 
adj
dissolute; profligate
 
[C18: from rake² + -ish]
 
'rakishly1
 
adv
 
'rakishness1
 
n

rakish2 (ˈreɪkɪʃ)
 
adj
1.  dashing; jaunty: a hat set at a rakish angle
2.  nautical (of a ship or boat) having lines suggestive of speed
 
[C19: probably from rake³ (sense 1), with reference to the sloping masts of pirate ships]

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Example sentences
Let the rakish trattorias around town get all the fashion plates and media
  mentions.
The industry has changed, although its rakish image remains.
No slant, no rakish angle, no attempt to show one side of the head more than
  the other.
Silver helmet, sometimes worn at a rakish angle when the heat and humidity made
  it slip off his head.
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