The women took notice of the rakish young man as soon as he arrived at the party.
- An example of rakish is a Maori canoe.
- An example of rakish is a stylishly dressed man.
- having a trim, neat appearance suggesting speed: said of a ship
- having a smartly trim, casual look; dashing; jaunty
Origin of rakishfrom rake + -ish
- Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: “We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull” ( John Masefield )
- Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty.
Origin of rakishProbably from rake 3 ( from the raking masts of pirate ships )
(comparative more rakish, superlative most rakish)
- dashingly, carelessly, or sportingly unconventional or stylish; jaunty; characterized by a devil-may-care unconventionality; having a somewhat disreputable quality or appearance.
- ... the rakish Dennis Quaid, a Houston native who is moving to Texas in a couple of years and wants it to become "the new Hollywood." (Houston Chronicle, 6/8/2007)
- (dated) like a rake; dissolute; profligate