Word A Day – RAKE

13 06 2008

rake \reyk\

noun:

An agricultural implement with teeth or tines for gathering cut grass, hay, or the like or for smoothing the surface of the ground.
Any of various implements having a similar form, as a croupier’s implement for gathering in money on a gaming table.

verb:
To gather, draw, or remove with a rake
To clear, smooth, or prepare with a rake
To clear (a fire, embers, etc.) by stirring with a poker or the like.
To gather or collect abundantly (usually fol. by in)

Yeah, yeah, you know the word rake. It’s a thing; it’s an action. So by now, you’re trying to figure out why I chose this word as a Word A Day selection.

Well, here’s a meaning I don’t think you were too aware of.

rake \reyk\

noun:
A dissolute or profligate person, esp. a man who is licentious; roué.

Origin: rakehell

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This video posted on Kinetik’s facebook prompted this word entry.

Increasing our vocabulary one day at a time.

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