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.

Definitions of rakish
  1. adjective
    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
  2. adjective
    marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
    synonyms: devil-may-care, raffish
    unconventional
    not conventional or conformist
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