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Unconventional and slightly disreputable, especially in an attractive way:‘his raffish air’
rakish, jaunty, dapper, dashing, sporty, flashyunconventional, bohemiandevil-may-care, casual, carelesslouche, disreputable, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, decadentflashView synonyms
- ‘Brighton, on the south coast and one hour by train from London, is the most raffish, louche and exciting of British seaside towns.’
- ‘Artists enjoy seeing themselves as raffish outsiders, people of dubious morality.’
- ‘Suntanned from riding on his motorcycle, his hair longer than before and distinctly raffish, he didn't look much like the well-groomed man who'd hung around for Liza's birth.’
- ‘A one-time fishing village, it has a beat-up, raffish looking downtown surrounded by new, big marinas.’
- ‘At times, according to historical reports, the concert venues had the raffish air of a beer hall.’
- ‘I adopted a raffish and enigmatic smile and shrugged.’
- ‘Yorkshire's most famous soul singer has matured into a handsome, outwardly respectable middle-aged man with a raffish undertow.’
- ‘In its heyday, the Review enjoyed a reputation as an obtuse and nearly unreadable but authoritative publication put together by a sometimes raffish staff.’
- ‘He is an engaging man, with a raffish grin.’
- ‘Less tightly wound and introspective than his brother, he prefers to present a raffish, happy-go-lucky attitude.’
- ‘The parents of these churlish, raffish youths should be held responsible.’
- ‘Even the raffish collection of outsiders that have washed up there seem part of the patchwork.’
- ‘He's still drainpipe thin, official rock legend dimensions, although his nervy stare is now crowned by a raffish swoop of snowy grey where a slick black executive crewcut once sat.’
- ‘There were many people who disliked Charles and who made unsavoury insinuations about his private life, but Maria knew that behind the raffish exterior existed a tender, sensitive man.’
- ‘The city tumbles down the steep slopes to the river's edge where it coalesces into a raffish assortment of bars, cafes and restaurants housed in tottering waterfront terraces.’
- ‘He's very sexy, with heavy-lidded bedroom eyes and a raffish swagger.’
- ‘Artists and antique dealers have moved in, giving the neighbourhood a raffish bohemian energy.’
- ‘A war hero with raffish good looks, he had all the personal attributes to make a successful match, and Elizabeth was clearly attracted to him.’
- ‘In the southern chain of small islands, Cooper Island has a raffish charm.’
- ‘The Bahamas' capital, with its large, sheltered harbour, has swung many times from boomtown to backwater and back again in its rather raffish past.’
Early 19th century: from riff-raff + -ish.
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