• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Rakehelly Dissolute; wild; lewd; rakish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rakehelly Like or characteristic of a rakehell.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Rakehelly dissolute
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Corr. of M. E. rakel, corr. into rakehell, shortened to rake; Scand., as Sw. rakkel, a vagabond, Ice. reikall, unsettled—reika, to wander.


In literature:

He was not such a son as the rakehelly knight would have had him.
"The Tavern Knight" by Rafael Sabatini
Your rakehelly captains wouldn't suit the like of us.
"International Short Stories" by Various