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.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: rakish

1
adj
marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
2
adj
marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: rakish
1

adj marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

Synonyms:
dapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, snappy, spiffy, spruce
fashionable, stylish
being or in accordance with current social fashions
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adj marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness

Synonyms:
devil-may-care, raffish
unconventional
not conventional or conformist
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