Raffish is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of raffish, followed by 32 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
EXAMPLES - Raffish in a Sentence
- Again, his raffish companions might have shot me on sight. (source)
- Bookshelf A lamentation for the lost world of raffish newspapering. (source)
- I, on the other hand, am motivated by a charming and possibly even raffish need for approval. (source)
- It began with the still raffish Mr. Zerbe, who regaled me with gay tales of glamorous old New York. (source)
- Hal's friends at the royal court were of the slightly raffish society Queen Elizabeth liked to surround herself with. (source)
- The raffish ambience of the Astoria Greeks is certainly not the same as the Manhattan venues, and you have to get there. (source)
- (Though they most likely never met, the two lived within a few blocks of each other in that raffish artists 'neighborhood.) (source)
- But the Hix spirit does not animate Brown's formal dining room, which was virtually empty the night we were there and anything but raffish. (source)
- He is the swaggering gaucho, the tango singer, the raffish outsider determined to play by his own rules in defiance of stultifying authority. (source)
- In the 18 months since his diagnosis with oesophageal cancer, Christopher lost his beautiful voice, his raffish air, his optimism and swagger. (source)
- Hanging above the table was a raffish Santa on a sleigh filled with little presents: pull a string and your own present would fall into your lap. (source)
- Dillinger is so full of cocky self-confidence that when he finally comes face to face with Purvis in prison, the exchange is surprisingly raffish. (source)
- But Mr. McAnuff and his collaborators seem not to have realized that there's nothing stale about Loesser's raffish songs or Abe Burrows's wisecrack-studded book. (source)
- Joining the cast, and adding some very appealing swagger, is Charlie Cox as Owen Sleater, a raffish Irish opportunist who ingratiates himself into Nucky's household. (source)
- Despite his short life, Toulouse-Lautrec was enormously productive and succeeded in developing a style uniquely suited to the celebrity culture of this raffish district. (source)
- The total impression was of a raffish but not unattractive sexuality, so strong that, although she wore no scent, she brought into the room her own female and individual smell. (source)
- 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. (source)
- 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. (source)
- 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. (source)
- We were a raffish crew, but they were sober men and grim women, with never a tin pan or a rope out of place, everything lashed down hard and the kids peeping solemnly over the tailboards. (source)
- Hardberger assembles a raffish polyglot crew to sneak past officials, distract guards with tight men and loose women, and steal the ship in question back to the legal safety of international waters. (source)
- Anna Chancellor lends the vodka-swilling, heavy-smoking Blackwood a mixture of raffish charm and iron determination that explains why she attracted equally powerful men such as Freud and Robert Lowell. (source)
- David Bedella also exudes the right raffish charisma as Wilson, whom Anita Loos described as "America's most fascinating outlaw", and Michael Jibson is a perfect foil as the architecture-loving Addison. (source)
- With the kind of luck for which teenagers everywhere can only pray, Dad turns out to be a raffish, motorbike-riding restaurateur played by Ruffalo, whose loose, relaxed masculinity has rarely been better used. (source)
- 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. (source)
- It is the premiere of the latest hit by silent star George Valentin Jean Dujardin, a Douglas Fairbanks-type smoothie whose trademark is his raffish smile and his sidekick, an expressive little Jack Russell terrier. (source)
- 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. (source)
- Here in Brooklyn, where -- along with Manhattan -- baseball-as-we-know-it evolved, the game remains an inexhaustible topic when boys and men of summer meet and chat along our bluestone sidewalks and in our barrooms both raffish and classy. (source)
- Chrysler's new Dodge Challenger, a reincarnation of a raffish 1970 model, hit dealerships last fall, just in time for the credit-market collapse and Chrysler's subsequent bankruptcy and sale to the United Auto Workers, Fiat SpA and the federal government. (source)
- Cait Murphy's "Scoundrels in Law" paints a colorful portrait of this era, showing us stories of human frailty, hypocrisy and stupidity that, in their essence, are all too familiar from today's police blotters and court reports but have a raffish charm when seen from our comfortable remove. (source)
- The Doners brought along another scion of another Miami Beach mayor: Mitchell "Micky" Wolfson Jr., a notable connoisseur of the decorative arts and founder and chief donor of the Wolfsonian-Florida International University museum, in the raffish Art Deco district of the island's South Beach. (source)
- She confessed that he was older than she (nearly twice her age, in fact) and from an old service family - the usual decayed Frog nobility by the sound of the name, 'but she wasn't forthcoming at all, and I guessed that the mere thought of the raffish Flashy being presented to dear Charles' parents, as an old acquaintance even, filled her with dismay. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 32 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "raffish" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 18 synonyms for raffish.
bohemian, careless, casual, coarse, dashing, devil-may-care, disreputable, fast, gay, jaunty, rakish, sporty, tasteless, tawdry, unconventional, uncouth, vulgar, wild
We have 3 antonyms for raffish.
behaved, couth, proper
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of raffish from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.
- (adjective) Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Characterized by careless unconventionality; rakish.
- (adjective) Low-class; disreputable; vulgar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Resembling, or having the character of, raff, or a raff; worthless; low.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Resembling or having the character of the raff or rabble; scampish; worthless; rowdy. Compare raff, n., 5.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
- (adjective) marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners