[reyk-hel] /ˈreɪkˌhɛl/

a licentious or dissolute man; .
Also, rakehelly
[reyk-hel-ee] /ˈreɪkˌhɛl i/ (Show IPA). dissolute; profligate.
a dissolute man; rake
profligate; dissolute

1540s, possibly an alteration (by association with rake (n.1) and Hell) of Middle English rakel (adj.) “hasty, rash, headstrong,” probably from raken “to go, proceed,” from Old English racian “to go forward, move, hasten,” of unknown origin. Cf. rakeshame (n.) “one who lives shamefully” (1590s).


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