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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 plashing
Historical Examples
  • The plashing of paddles aroused the lovers from their caressing.

  • The earth beneath was like a bowl, a bowl full of plashing sunshine.

    The Trimming of Goosie James Hopper
  • I trust you are, in short, really settled for a while among rustling German woods and plashing German waters.

  • Her hand was plashing in the little waterfall, and her eyes were bent the same way.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • It grew louder and louder, while on the dark waters of the lake was heard a plashing noise, as of many oars.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • The fountains were plashing musically into marble and alabaster basins.

    Darkness and Dawn Frederic W. Farrar
  • Sheets of mist were sweeping round them, and at length the gusts of wind drove into their faces cold swirls of plashing rain.

    Julian Home Dean Frederic W. Farrar
  • Moon and stars and the plashing waves are now the only guardians of these walls.

    The Walls of Constantinople Bernard Granville Baker
  • There was deep stillness—unbroken, save by the lapping and plashing waters.

    Miriam Monfort Catherine A. Warfield
  • Viny was hurrying, plashing the water over the sides of her buckets.

    Birthright T.S. Stribling
British Dictionary definitions for plashing


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 plashing



"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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