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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Definitions for raffish

  1. Characterized by or suggestive of flashy vulgarity, crudeness, or rowdiness; tawdry.
  2. 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. Sidney Sheldon, The Best Laid Plans
Sometimes we would go to the Gargoyle Club, . . . but it was too full of raffish upper-class drunks for my taste. John Richardson, The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Origin of raffish
1795-1805
Raffish derives from the noun raff (chiefly used in the compound or duplicate, riffraff), meaning "people of a low reputation."