rakish


rakish

adjective

  1. like a rake; dissolute: rakish behavior.

adjective

  1. smart; jaunty; dashing: a hat worn at a rakish angle.
  2. (of a vessel) having an appearance suggesting speed.

adjective

  1. dissolute; profligate

adjective

  1. dashing; jauntya hat set at a rakish angle
  2. nautical (of a ship or boat) having lines suggestive of speed
adj.

1706, “debauched, disreputable,” from rake (n.2) + -ish. Related: Rakishly; rakishness.

The meaning “smart, jaunty, dashing” (1824) is said to be a different word, probably from rake “slant, slope” (1620s), used especially in reference to a ship’s hull or sails, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Scandinavian (cf. Old Swedish raka “project, reach;” Danish rage “protrude, project”) related to Old English reccan “stretch.” “The piratical craft of former times were distinguished for their rakish build” [Century Dictionary].

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