rak·​ish | \ ˈrā-kish How to pronounce rakish (audio) \

Definition of rakish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of a rake : dissolute

Definition of rakish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : having a trim or streamlined appearance suggestive of speed a rakish ship
2 : dashingly or carelessly unconventional : jaunty rakish clothes

First Known Use of rakish

Adjective (1)

1696, in the meaning defined above

Adjective (2)

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rakish

Adjective (1)

rake entry 5

Adjective (2)

probably from rake entry 4; from the raking masts of pirate ships

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The first known use of rakish was in 1696

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“Rakish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rakish. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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rak·​ish | \ ˈrā-kish How to pronounce rakish (audio) \

Kids Definition of rakish

: jaunty, dashing He wears his hat at a rakish angle.

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