• WordNet 3.6
    • adj raffish marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness "a cocktail party given by some...raffish bachelors"- Crary Moore"
    • adj raffish marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners "a dapper young man","a jaunty red hat"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Raffish rȧf"ĭsh Resembling, or having the character of, raff, or a raff; worthless; low. "A sad, raffish , disreputable character."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • raffish Resembling or having the character of the raff or rabble; scampish; worthless; rowdy. Compare raff, n., 5.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Raffish worthless
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. raffer, to catch; cog. with Ger. raffen, to snatch; cf. Riff-raff.


In literature:

In 1990, this jeans-clad group of purported raffish outcasts earned seventeen million dollars.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
There was about his gaudy, swaggering raffishness something that the women found singularly alluring.
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
Indeed, the society was not always raffish.
"The Valet's Tragedy and Other Stories" by Andrew Lang
But then, on the other hand, I don't want to be raffish.
"Beyond" by John Galsworthy
Rag, and the 'lurking' or raffish Military Snob, Ensign Famish.
"The Book of Snobs" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Mannish and raffish, like my Lady Ostermore?
"The Lion's Skin" by Rafael Sabatini
Richard immediately drops his raffish manner and turns to Judith with considerate sincerity.
"The Devil's Disciple" by George Bernard Shaw
Willy was the natural son of a rich, helter-skelter, cleverish, maddish, stylish, raffish, four-in-hand Baronet, by a celebrated French actress.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Although the raffish peer denied all complicity, he did not come out of the business too well.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
It was more glittering, more raffish, more clamant of the tenderloin than ever.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
And there are screeching Cockney women, raw and raffish, brutalized children, and men who would survive in the fiercest jungle.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
And oh the raffish counts and more than doubtful countesses, the noodles and the blacklegs, the good society!
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
They climbed back into the car, joyously raffish as a pair of gipsies.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
The people who passed me, as I made my way eastward, were mostly in evening dress, pale and raffish-looking.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
Raffish party too, spy and conspirator persuasion, that sort of thing.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
He had not gone far when he saw a young man of a strange raffish appearance coming along the road to meet him.
"Sophia" by Stanley J. Weyman

In news:

Another way in which ripped, raffish Rafael Nadal and his cardigan-wearing Swiss rival aren't anything alike.
On a narrow, steep and crumbling side street of the once raffish and now mostly ravaged capital of Georgia, there is a small hotel.
P robably you Justin Timberlake fans (plus the guys who'd follow you anywhere) will haunt Southern Hospitality hoping to spot your crush sipping Mountain Dew in a back booth of this raffish joint he's fronting.
Toronto's raffish hub gets posh hotels, grub.
Men's fashion hasn't seen drastic changes over the past 200 years, but gone are the days when movies introduced men to elegant dinner jackets, stylish sport coats, and raffish neckwear.
This relatively quiet, window-lined restaurant and lounge is a welcome antidote to the raffishness that characterizes so many of the places you otherwise like to eat at in this neck of the woods.
Toronto's raffish hub gets posh hotels, grub .
As though they just threw it on in a raffish, oh-this-old-thing way.