from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like or characteristic of a rakehell.

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  • adjective obsolete wild; dissolute; rakehell


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rakehell +‎ -y


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  • While on the other hand, traduced by their comedy nominator to the loaferst terms for their aloquent parts, sexes, suppers, oglers, novels and dice. 2 He could find (the rakehelly!) by practice the valuse of thine-to-mine articles with no reminder for an equality of relations and, with the helpings from his tables, improduce fullmin to trumblers, links unto chains, weys in Nuffolk till tods of

    Finnegans Wake

  • His comic aspect and “rakehelly” demeanour belied his lofty lineage, bestowing the fictitious air of a vagabond and a swaggerer upon a dandy and a gentleman.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • He recalled the details of that meeting; he remembered the sympathy that had drawn him to the boy, and how Kenneth had at first appeared to reciprocate that feeling, until he came to know him for the rakehelly, godless ruffler that he was.

    The Tavern Knight

  • The pretty gentleman swore lustily, affected a monstrous wicked look, assured that he was impressing all who stood about with some conceit of the rakehelly ways he pursued in town.

    The Tavern Knight

  • Kirk's harsh commandments of sobriety, sat cheek by jowl with rakehelly officers of Dalzell's Brigade, and pledged the King in many a stoup of canary and many a can of stout March ale.

    The Tavern Knight

  • "And did you think I did not know my rakehelly lover Sir Robert better than to blame you for his quarrels?"

    A Daughter of Raasay A Tale of the '45

  • They were not bad fellows, you understand -- just the rakehelly, reckless sort that keep hanging on to the edge of things and making a living by their wits.

    The Boss of the Lazy Y

  • Being detained bodily and pressed for explanation, he desperately said that he had to go home to tease the cook -- which had the rakehelly air he thought would insure his release, but was not considered plausible.

    Penrod and Sam

  • The wine buzzing in his head, his demeanour, not to mince matters, rakehelly, with an eye alert for the man with the twisted mouth, negligent hands in his trouser pockets, teeth tight upon that admirable cigar, he strutted hither and yon, ostensibly as much in his native element as a press agent in a theatre lobby.

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

  • For a moment the light stayed upon the nude figure over the mantel -- the one real nude in all Appleboro, which cherishes family portraits of rakehelly old colonials in wigs, chokers, and tight-fitting smalls, and lolloping ladies with very low necks and sixteen petticoats, but where scandalized church-goers have been known to truss up a little plaster copy of the inane Greek Slave in a pocket-handkerchief, by way of needful drapery.

    Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man


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  • As Byron confessed to pal Shelley,

    “Mysterious urges compel me.

    I’m misunderstood.

    I’m trying to be good

    But forced to be always rakehelly.”

    November 28, 2017