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Definition of "rakish" [rak•ish]

  • Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: "We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull” ( John Masefield). (adjective)
  • Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty. (adjective)
  • Of the character of a rake; dissolute. (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 "rakish" in a sentence
  • "It turned out looking kind of rakish and cheerful and rather like how I like to think of myself."
  • "I think it's kind of rakish--looks like he's winking."
  • "My insistence that my haircuts are in some capacity 'rakish' no matter what anybody (chotbot) says."