American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.
- adj. Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Resembling or having the character of the raff or rabble; scampish; worthless; rowdy. Compare raff, n., 5.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Resembling, or having the character of, raff, or a raff; worthless; low.
- adj. marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
- adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
- Probably from dialectal raff, rubbish, from Middle English raf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“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.”
“A mustachioed man in a pullover meets a wavy-haired blonde to produce a figure with an oddly raffish cavalier look; a middle-aged woman with a complex hairdo acquires the aquiline nose of the actor she obscures.”
“I suggested "The King's Speech," and, not wanting to spoil it with too many details, gave a shorthand description: Colin Firth as King George VI, who has a terrible stutter, and Geoffrey Rush as a raffish Australian speech therapist.”
“Something of the devotion of the parents is clearly visible here, as well as the almost raffish informality of the Australian golden boy and heir to Kilmany Park and Craigellachie.”
“Finally there is raffish Uncle Roy of the 13th Hussars, with his moustaches, bow tie, and pumps, looking somehow prematurely older than he should.”
“The past few years have seen Daniel Sinsel discard hia dark enchantment with male porn stars: black-eyed young men who gazed from his canvases like raffish Pans with a taste for S&M.”
“He extinguishes his cigarette, buttons up his raffish crushed velvet overcoat and volleys wide from eight or nine yards.”
“In the 18 months since his diagnosis with oesophageal cancer, Christopher lost his beautiful voice, his raffish air, his optimism and swagger.”
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