Rakish definition

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Having a smartly trim, casual look; dashing; jaunty.
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Having a trim, neat appearance suggesting speed.
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(nautical) Having a trim, streamlined appearance.
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Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty.
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Of the character of a rake; dissolute.
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Like a rake; dissolute.
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The definition of rakish is a neat and trim appearance of a person or thing.

An example of rakish is a Maori canoe.

An example of rakish is a stylishly dressed man.

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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)

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(dated) Like a rake; dissolute; profligate.
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Origin of rakish

  • Probably from rake (from the raking masts of pirate ships)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition