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Below you will find the definition of rakish, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
EXAMPLES - Rakish in a Sentence
- He pulled away slightly, giving me a rakish smile. (source)
- I think it's kind of rakish--looks like he's winking. (source)
- Swap in a rakish, middle-aged straight man and comic high jinks ensue. (source)
- Rendered Speculation: Ford Kuga crossover to get rakish coupe counterpart? (source)
- All I recall is a shock of dark hair hanging over one eye and a rakish grin. (source)
- A lock of dark hair came loose and fell across his forehead in rakish disarray. (source)
- The Tru 140S is a rakish, front-drive car in the Japanese/Korean "Fast and Furious" mode. (source)
- Or was it sincere, a gesture of goodwill and openhearted, rakish, devil-may-care bonhomie? (source)
- She's engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh Adam Godley, but has fallen for Billy's rakish style. (source)
- She never met a hat that she didn't like and wears a rakish baseball cap in lighter moments. (source)
- It turned out looking kind of rakish and cheerful and rather like how I like to think of myself. (source)
- The brazen, rakish Clifton triumphs, despite manifold ill-fortune and the odd brush with the law. (source)
- A section of the corrugated rusted metal polished to a soft gleam comes forward at a rakish angle. (source)
- Otis is the result of an illicit tryst between a purebred husky and a rakish Lab-chow neighbor dog. (source)
- My fingers left his feathers and slid back to his hair, moving the rakish lock of hair off of his brow. (source)
- Yet it also had the Hellfire Club, a place frequented by nobles and politicians to carry out rakish and immoral acts. (source)
- Dan Neil "This is a car that despises prettiness and mocks your bourgeois notions of sleek and rakish." says Mr. Neil. (source)
- My wife, who has impeccable taste, loves me in the top hat and commented that it was both "handsome" and "rakish" upon me. (source)
- Learned and immaculately groomed, impeccably tailored, habitually sporting rakish hats, he eventually wore a Van Dyke beard. (source)
- "This is a song about the Geneva Convention of human rights," says David Ford, tipping his trilby to an even more rakish angle. (source)
- It's not that hard to imagine him in the part -- Reynolds had the kind of rakish charm that Harrison Ford ultimately brought to the role. (source)
- Chevy's stylists, meanwhile, added sumptuous side cove scoops to the 1950s models and rakish curves to the Corvette Stingrays of the 1960s. (source)
- But he and his wife found something even more elusive: a palpable sense of the rakish adventurousness that prevailed between the world wars. (source)
- The most pronounced element of the car is its rakish, coupe-like silhouette, which is a function of where the roofline lands on the rear deck. (source)
- I stood in the lobby as he tumbled out, grinning, a tall, lean cove with a moustache and goatee and a rakish air that I didn't fancy above half. (source)
- This is a car that despises prettiness and mocks your bourgeois notions of sleek and rakish, which are stylistic sideshows of aerodynamics, anyway. (source)
- Do you happen to love period dramas set in England where class is a big deal and the men are irresistibly rakish and dreamy in a totally repressed way? (source)
- Its latest excerpt is from the second part of Bovary, when Emma is taken riding by the rakish Rodolphe, a scene that leads to her straying for the first time. (source)
- A bright electric light shines behind the man so his body appears as a silhouette, which emphasizes the rakish hat on his head and the graceful arc of his body. (source)
- The open button hairy chest, once the ultimate symbol of rakish bad-boy masculinity (along with the never-shaved-since-it-started-growing mustache) are disappearing. (source)
- Souza, a rakish, Brazilian jet-setter oft-photographed with beaming supermodels, views life as a bowl full of cherries -- including the pits and pitfalls of the economy. (source)
- The exterior styling changes are so subtle as to be subliminal: some character lines here and there, a narrowed stare from upswept headlamps, a slightly more rakish windshield. (source)
- Honda The exterior styling changes are so subtle as to be subliminal: some character lines here and there, a narrowed stare from upswept headlamps, a slightly more rakish windshield. (source)
- His rakish early self-portrait suggests that that's exactly the kind of person he might become, yet his world-weary late self-portrait, the last painting in the show, suggests that his life didn't at all turn out that way. (source)
- He looked tough, and immensely self-assured; it was in his glance, in the abrupt way he moved, in the slant of the long cigarette between his fingers, in the rakish tilt of his peaked cap, in the immaculate white tunic of the Imperial Guards. (source)
- THE LINCOLN LAWYER ($39.99 BluRay or $29.95 regular; Lionsgate) -- Actor Matthew McConaughey provides his usual rakish charm to this thriller about a high-flying attorney who chooses to do business out of the backseat of his car (why waste money on office space?) (source)
- Handsome and emitting the masculine musk that would soon turn him into a rakish sex symbol, Beatty makes an assured screen debut in Elia Kazan's "Grass," starring opposite an exquisitely lovely and tortured Wood, playing one of Hollywood's most memorable sexual hysterics. (source)
- She laughed, standing as cool as you please, very grateful to the eye in tussore coat and skirt, with open-necked blouse, and some kind of rakish hat displaying her thick auburn hair in defiance of the fashion which decreed concealment even of eyebrows with flower-pot head gear. (source)
- Even in an epic length period drama like The Princess of Montpensierwith its sweeping battle scenes and violence, the love the young womanof the title experiences for Henri de Guise Gaspard Ulliel, the rakish heartthrob of her youth is what matters most to director Bertrand Tavernier. (source)
- The Boys Are Back, a poignant family drama from Australian director Scott Hicks (Shine), is about the child-rearing challenges faced by a rakish British sportswriter named Joe Warr, who, after a bad first marriage back in England, has settled in the land of Oz and found marital bliss and fatherhood with the wife and soul mate of his dreams. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 56.0, which suggests that "rakish" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 26 synonyms for rakish.
abandoned, chic, dashing, debauched, depraved, devil-may-care, dissipated, dissolute, fashionable, fast, flashy, gay, jaunty, lecherous, licentious, loose, natty, prodigal, profligate, raffish, saucy, sinful, smart, sporty, wanton, wild
We have 3 antonyms for rakish.
clean, moral, upright
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rakish from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Nautical Having a trim, streamlined appearance: "We were schooner-rigged and rakish, with a long and lissome hull” ( John Masefield).
- (adjective) Dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty.
- (adjective) Of the character of a rake; dissolute.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) dashingly, carelessly, or sportingly unconventional or stylish; jaunty; characterized by a devil-may-care unconventionality; having a somewhat disreputable quality or appearance.
- (adjective) like a rake; dissolute; profligate
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Dissolute; lewd; debauched.
- (adjective) Having a saucy appearance indicative of speed and dash.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Nautical, having an unusual amount of rake or inclination of the masts, as a vessel. The piratical craft of former times were distinguished for their rakish build.
- (None) Resembling or given to the practices of a rake; given to a dissolute life; lewd; debauched.
- (None) Jaunty.
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