Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a dissolute man in fashionable society
  2. (noun, attribute) degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
  3. (noun, artifact) a long-handled tool with a row of teeth at its head; used to move leaves or loosen soil
  4. (verb, motion) move through with or as if with a rake
  5. (verb, contact) level or smooth with a rake
  6. (verb, stative) sweep the length of
  7. (verb, perception) examine hastily
  8. (verb, contact) gather with a rake
  9. (verb, contact) scrape gently

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Origin of the word Rake

  1. "toothed tool," O.E. raca "rake," earlier r?ce, from P.Gmc. *rak- "gather, heap up" (cf. O.N. reka "spade, shovel," O.H.G. rehho, Ger. Rechen "rake," Goth. rikan "to heap up, collect"). The verb is attested from mid-13c.; of gunfire from c.1630. more
  2. "debauchee," 1653, shortening of rakehell (1547), possibly an alteration (by association with rake (1) and Hell) of M.E. rakel (adj.) "hasty, rash, headstrong," probably from raken "to go, proceed," from O.E. racian, of unknown origin. Rakish first recorded 1706. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Rake

r.c., race, raceway, rachis, rachischisis, rack, racy, rag, rag week, rage, ragee, ragi, ragusa, raise, raj, raja, rajah

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