rake:1. Or: rakehell , a licentious , dissolute or profligate person; a roue; a debauchee .
2. Or: rakehell , a lecherous and promiscuous man . See philanderer for synonyms.
ETYMOLOGY: A c olloquialism since the 17 th century derived from the abbreviation of rakebell meaning lecher or libertine , or from the Middle English rakel meaning reckless.
3. A fingernail.
4. To scratch with the fingernails.
See Also: abbess, Don Juan, town bull, town Johnny
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