Definition of rake noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//reɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//reɪk//
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  1. 1 [countable] a garden tool with a long handle and a row of metal points at the end, used for gathering fallen leaves and making soil smooth See related entries: Gardening
  2. 2[countable] (old-fashioned) a man, especially a rich and fashionable one, who is thought to have low moral standards, for example because he drinks or gambles a lot or has sex with a lot of women
  3. 3[singular] (specialist) the amount by which something, especially the stage in a theatre, slopes
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English raca, racu, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch raak and German Rechen, from a base meaning ‘heap up’; the verb is partly from Old Norse raka ‘to scrape, shave’. noun sense 2 mid 17th cent.: abbreviation of archaic rakehell in the same sense. noun sense 3 early 17th cent.: probably related to German ragen ‘to project’, of unknown ultimate origin; compare with Swedish raka.
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