Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a raffish man”
2. After a linking verb, as in “He was raffish.”)
First, something or someone raffish is a little vulgar, with a somewhat bad reputation, but also carefree.
Second, something or someone raffish is fashionable or in keeping with the current trends.
How to use it:
Talk about a raffish person; a raffish piece of clothing; a raffish reputation or a raffish image; a raffish place; a raffish shine; a raffish energy, raffish confidence, or raffish enthusiasm; a raffish wink or a raffish smile, and so on.
I love seeing photos of my grandparents when they were young and sporting fabulous outfits and raffish hairdos.
Even if you don't like action films, the raffish charm of Robert Downey Jr. makes the Iron Man movies worth seeing.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "raffish” means when you can explain it without saying “trendy” or “rascally."
Think of a fun, hip place you like to go to (or such a place that you went to in the past), and fill in the blank: "I love(d) the raffish energy of _____."
Example: "I loved the raffish energy of The Stained Glass Pub, where we often went for greasy but amazing pizza, trivia night, and possibly karaoke."
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A Point Well Made:
Bertrand Russell: “All great books contain boring portions, and all great lives have contained uninteresting stretches.”
1. The opposite of RAFFISH is
2. Toward the end of his stand-up act, Aziz puts on a raffish persona and starts _____
A. getting the audience to participate in the jokes.
B. bringing out cheesy props.
C. telling filthy yet charming anecdotes.
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