Definition of

Raffish

  1. (adj, all) marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
  2. (adj, all) marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
    a jaunty red hat

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Raffish

  1. "disreputable, vulgar," 1801 (first attested in Jane Austen), from raff "people," usually of a lower sort (1673), probably from rif and raf (1338) "everyone," via Fr. or M.Du., ultimately also probably related to Swed. rafs "rubbish" (see riffraff). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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