Monday, November 20, 2000
raffish adjective [RAF-ish] Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
Definitions for raffish
- Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
- Marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness; rakish.
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Citations for raffish
The speaker was in his forties, an attractive-looking man with a black eye patch that gave him the raffish look of an amiable pirate.
Sometimes we would go to the Gargoyle Club, . . . but it was too full of raffish upper-class drunks for my taste.
Origin of raffish
Raffish derives from the noun raff (chiefly used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff), meaning "people of a low reputation."