rak·​ish·​ness ˈrā-kish-nəs How to pronounce rakishness (audio)
: the quality or state of being rakish

Example Sentences

the legendary rakishness of the billionaire's overprivileged and underbred son
Recent Examples on the Web The staging may occasionally bring back flashbacks of the Valentine’s Day aisle of your local pharmacy, but the gaudy rakishness seems right at home at the Pantages. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 Mr. Ellis was born in Wales, and the creators of this incoherent mess apparently hope that his accent will convey rakishness and arch sophistication. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2016

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Word History

First Known Use

1737, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rakishness was in 1737

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“Rakishness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rakishness. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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