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  1. a gentle splash.
  2. a pool or puddle.
verb (used with or without object)
  1. 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 formsplash·ing·ly, adverb


verb (used with object)
  1. pleach.

Origin of plash2

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French plaissier, derivative of plais hedge < Vulgar Latin *plaxum < ?
Related formsplash·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for plash

Historical Examples

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

    The Daltons, Volume II (of II)

    Charles James Lever

  • A plash, and a cry half smothered, were heard, and all was over.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Fortunately, not a plash, a crack, or a footfall disturbed the silence.

    Captain Canot

    Brantz Mayer

  • Now little John was at his play Beside the river's brink— Plash!

  • The plash of the oars was the only sound that broke on the ears.

    Hurricane Island

    H. B. Marriott Watson

British Dictionary definitions for plash


verb, noun
  1. a less common word for splash

Word Origin

Old English plæsc, probably imitative; compare Dutch plas


  1. 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.

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