Rakestock character, a man who seduces a young woman and impregnates her before leaving, often to her social or financial ruin. Closely related to the rake is the cad; to call the character a rake calls attention to his promiscuity and wild spending of money; to call the character a cad implies a callous seducer who coldly breaks his victim's heart.
He is often portrayed as a heavy drinker or gambler. An earlier form of the word was rake-hell, a form reshaped by folk etymology to mean someone who stokes the fires of Hell. The actual etymology of the word is from the Old Norse reikall, meaning "vagrant" or "wanderer;" this was borrowed into Middle English as rakel.
Well known fictional rakes and cads include:
- Compeyson, the man who jilted Miss Havisham in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Harry Paget Flashman, chief character of a series of novels by George MacDonald Fraser
- Don Juan
- Lupin III, protagonist of an anime series.
- The Prodigal Son, one of Jesus' parables.
- Tom, the protagonist of William Hogarth's series of paintings, "A Rake's Progress".
town drunk is frequently intoxicated, and impoverished by heavy drinking, but here the focus is on the character's alcoholic state rather than on sexual excess; the town drunk is typically older than the rake. The fop and the dandy spend too much money on clothes and fancy living, but the stereotype would have them less sexually effective than the rake.
A rake ia a tool consisting of multiple tines arranged at the end of a long handle, used for cultivating, smoothing, or gathering.