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A.Word.A.Day--raffish

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raffish (RAF-ish) adjective

1. Cheaply or showily vulgar in appearance or nature; tawdry.

2. Characterized by a carefree or fun-loving unconventionality; rakish.

[Probably from dialectal raff, rubbish, from Middle English raf, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]

"Curiously for so drab a creature, he had a taste for raffish friends." Philip Ziegler, Books: The grey Prime Minister Philip Ziegler finds little but politics in a politician's Life, The Daily Telegraph, 10 Apr 1999.

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