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[plash] /plæʃ/
a gentle splash.
a pool or puddle.
verb (used with or without object)
to splash gently.
Origin of plash1
before 1000; Middle English plasch pool, puddle, Old English plæsc; cognate with Dutch, Low German plas, probably of imitative orig.
Related forms
plashingly, adverb


[plash] /plæʃ/
verb (used with object)
1375-1425; late Middle English < Middle French plaissier, derivative of plais hedge < Vulgar Latin *plaxum < ?
Related forms
plasher, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plash
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  • Her voice, cool as the plash of ice water, might have daunted a less resolute man.

    Bucky O'Connor William MacLeod Raine
  • Now little John was at his play Beside the river's brink— plash!

  • Somewhere out in the darkness she heard the lap and plash of water and the faint creak of rowlocks.

  • The frozen fountains now plash, and hiss, and sparkle in the sun.

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Charles James Lever
  • She could hear the murmur of talk around her, and the plash of water from the fountain in the garden.

    The Four Corners in Japan Amy Ella Blanchard
  • A plash, and a cry half smothered, were heard, and all was over.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • The sky was a blaze of blue, and the plash of the fountains in their mossy niches had lost its chill and doubled its music.

  • Naught but the plash, plash of the fountain, the distant call of the birds.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
  • He heard plainly when the anchor went down and the ship was brought up; and then how the waves began to plash against the sides!

  • Only the plash of water and the voice of the storm came to our ears.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
British Dictionary definitions for plash


verb, noun
a less common word for splash
Word Origin
Old English plæsc, probably imitative; compare Dutch plas


another word for pleach
Word Origin
C15: from Old French plassier, from plais hedge, woven fence, from Latin plectere to plait; compare pleach
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Word Origin and History for plash

"small puddle, shallow pool, wet ground," Old English plæsc "pool of water, puddle," probably imitative (cf. Dutch plass "pool"). Meaning "noise made by splashing" is first recorded 1510s.


"to splash," 1580s, from plash (n.) and also imitative (cf. Dutch plassen, German platschen). Related: Plashed; plashing.

"to interlace," late 15c., from Old French plaissier, from Latin plectere "to plait" (see complex (adj.)). Related: Plashed; plashing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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