Meaning of rakish


Ladies, the rakish fellow you met last night with the suave dance moves, smoothly rehearsed lines, and your number listed as “Goddess #14” in his phone is fine for a flirt, but probably isn’t meet-the-parents material.

Used as an adjective to describe a dashing ladies’ man or a streamlined ship, rakish comes from the fusing of rake + –ish. Don Juan, the famous Spanish nobleman immortalized in 17th century Spanish tales, is the epitome of rakish: stylishly handsome and prone to saucy, fast behavior. Synonyms include charming, flashy, and immoral.

Definitions of rakish
  1. adjective

    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners


    dapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, snappy, spiffy, spruce

    fashionable, stylish

    being or in accordance with current social fashions
  2. adjective

    marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness


    devil-may-care, raffish


    not conventional or conformist

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