- to splash, as things in water, or as water does: Waves were swashing against the piers.
- to dash around, as things in violent motion.
- to swagger.
- to dash or cast violently, especially to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.
- the surging or dashing, sometimes violent, of water, waves, etc.
- the sound made by such dashing: the thunderous swash of the waves.
- the ground over which water washes.
- Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
- Printing. an extending ornamental flourish, as on letters of certain fonts of italic or cursive type.
- Printing. noting or pertaining to a character having a swash: a swash letter.
Origin of swash
Examples from the Web for swash
The feeble "swash" that answered the shake was not reassuring.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
They did as they were bidden, and then the little man said, “Swash, swish!”Irish Fairy Tales
They did as they were bidden, and then the little man said, "Swash, swish!"The Golden Spears
Over the edge of the swash of a wave I have gathered in oceans and possessed them.The Voice of the Machines
Gerald Stanley Lee
I whispered to him, when I had stepped out into the swash of the rain.The Blue Wall
Richard Washburn Child
- (intr) (esp of water or things in water) to wash or move with noisy splashing
- (tr) to dash (a liquid, esp water) against or upon
- (intr) archaic to swagger or bluster
- Also called: send the dashing movement or sound of water, such as that of waves on a beachCompare backwash
- any other swashing movement or sound
- a sandbar washed by the waves
- Also called: swash channel a channel of moving water cutting through or running behind a sandbank
- swagger or bluster
- a swashbuckler
Word Origin and History for swash
1530s, "the fall of a heavy body or blow," possibly from wash with an intensifying s-. It also meant "pig-wash, filth, wet refuse" (1520s) and may have been imitative of the sound of water dashing against solid objects. The meaning "a body of splashing water" is first found 1670s; that of "a dashing or splashing" 1847.