Raffish people and places are not very respectable but are attractive and stylish in spite of this. [WRITTEN]

He was handsome in a raffish kind of way...

The theatre's raffish auditorium recalls an earlier era.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Raffish — Raff ish (r[.a]f [i^]sh), a. Resembling, or having the character of, raff, or a raff; worthless; low. [1913 Webster] A sad, raffish, disreputable character. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raffish — index blatant (obtrusive), caitiff, ignoble Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • raffish — (adj.) disreputable, vulgar, 1801 (first attested in Jane Austen), from raff people, usually of a lower sort (1670s), probably from rif and raf (mid 14c.) everyone, via French or Middle Dutch, ultimately also probably related to Swedish rafs… …   Etymology dictionary

  • raffish — [adj] unmindful of social conventions bohemian*, careless, casual, coarse, dashing, devil may care*, disreputable, fast*, gay, jaunty, rakish, sporty, tasteless, tawdry, unconventional, uncouth, vulgar, wild; concept 401 Ant. behaved, couth,… …   New thesaurus

  • raffish — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slightly disreputable, especially in an attractive manner. DERIVATIVES raffishly adverb raffishness noun. ORIGIN from RIFF RAFF(Cf. ↑riff raff) …   English terms dictionary

  • raffish — [raf′ish] adj. [ RAFF + ISH] 1. having a carelessly unconventional style or manner; rakish 2. tawdry; vulgar; low raffishly adv. raffishness n …   English World dictionary

  • raffish — adjective donning a raffish cap her raffish, faithless husband Syn: rakish, unconventional, Bohemian; devil may care, casual, careless; louche, disreputable, dissolute, decadent …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • raffish — raffishly, adv. raffishness, n. /raf ish/, adj. 1. mildly or sometimes engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish: a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions. 2. gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry. [1795 1805; RAFF + ISH1]… …   Universalium

  • raffish — raf|fish [ˈræfıʃ] adj literary [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: riffraff] behaving or dressing in way which is not respected by many people but which is still confident and attractive ▪ an interesting character with a raffish air >raffishly adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • raffish — raff|ish [ ræfıʃ ] adjective MAINLY LITERARY a raffish person behaves in a confident and sometimes slightly shocking way, but in a way that is also attractive …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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