American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dissolute person; a rake.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Dissolute; base; profligate.
- n. An abandoned fellow; a wicked wretch; especially, a dissolute fellow; a rake.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A lewd, dissolute fellow; a debauchee; a rake.
- adj. obsolete Dissolute; wild; lewd; rakish.
- n. a dissolute man in fashionable society
- Possibly by folk etymology from obsolete rackle, headstrong, from Middle English rakel, perhaps from raken, to go. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Rake originated from the old English term 'rakehell' and was coined because of the belief that one could only find such a horrible person after scouring through hell with a rake.”
“Her brothers were rogues—or had been—and her father had been the worst rakehell ever, but to her knowledge none of them had ever trifled with the servants, not even Oliver when he was in his wild phase and had lived in a bachelor house of his own.”
“Posted December 19, 2004 10: 48 PM rakehell writes:”
“I took my half-day on Wednesday, and naturally on that day the king and his bosom friend, the known rakehell George Villiers, the Duke of Buckingham, attended the early performance.”
“He read out: ‘This known bon viveur, Wit, rakehell, and royal intimate, has abducted Mistress Elizabeth Malet, the great heiress of the North, who is only sixteen years old!’”
“A young rakehell who frequented too many unsavory taverns?”
“The first section of Eyre's memoir, Utopia and Other Places (1993), is titled "Long Shadows", and describes how nearly every member of the family seems in thrall to half-remembered stories about its past, not least its Irish ancestry (a roofless country house in the west of Ireland; rakehell tales of carousing and bankruptcy).”
“A rakehell rogue notorious for his devil-may-care antics, Lucas Bingham--the Earl of Hadley--is not accused of murdering anything--save for the rules of Polite Society.”
“Posted February 13, 2006 10:23 AM rakehell writes:”
“Posted December 31, 2005 11:54 PM rakehell writes: "The difficulty of all of this is that it makes it very hard for a company or school to discriminate in hiring based on the grades of applicants.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘rakehell’.
words for those who commit particular crimes: i.e., bank robber, arsonist, etc.
A list of compound derogatory names such as gapeseed, muckworm and lickspittle. Your one-word contributions to this list are welcome.
See sionnach's list derogatory terms I should use ...
An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
already several of these lists, but I wanted my own
Namely, compounds consisting of a verb with a direct object immediately after it, without inflection
insults, epithets, etc.
For those who wish no words were ever forgotten
A list of words whose meanings I am learning, either because a) I don't know the meaning b) I know the meaning, but could stand to better appreciate certain inflections or secondary meanings or c) ...
For more badness, see hernesheir's excellent Perponyms.
Words gathered while reading The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut.
a catch-all list for words i like
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