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Definition of "raffish" [raff•ish]

  • Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry. (adjective)
  • Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "raffish" in a sentence
  • "There’s a lot of good info here, though I did want to let you know something – I am running Ubuntu with the up-to-date beta of FireFox, and the design of your site is kind of raffish for me."
  • "Others might regard him as a conscienceless, borderline psychopath, and the riveting central performance by Rhys Ifans, who plays Marks as a charming, raffish boyo from the Welsh valleys, doesn't wholly preclude such an interpretation."
  • "As a child swot, though, I felt a responsibility to my family to enter a "respectable" profession I dutifully studied law but found journalism's raffish camaraderie more accommodating."
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