rak·​ish·​ness | \ ˈrā-kish-nəs How to pronounce rakishness (audio) \

Definition of rakishness

: the quality or state of being rakish

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Examples of rakishness in a Sentence

the legendary rakishness of the oil baron's overprivileged and underbred son
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Review: On ‘Lucifer,’ a Fox Drama, the Devil Tries to Fit In," 24 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of rakishness

1737, in the meaning defined above

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“Rakishness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rakishness. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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