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swashbuckling

[swosh-buhk-ling, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lɪŋ, ˈswɔʃ-/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or behaving in the manner of a swashbuckler.
noun
2.
the activities, deeds, or adventures of a swashbuckler.
Sometimes, swashbucklering.
Origin of swashbuckling
1685-1695
First recorded in 1685-95; swashbuckl(er) + -ing2, -ing1

swashbuckle

[swosh-buhk-uh l, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk əl, ˈswɔʃ-/
verb (used without object), swashbuckled, swashbuckling.
1.
to work, behave, or perform as a swashbuckler.
Origin
First recorded in 1895-1900; back formation from swashbuckler
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Examples from the Web for swashbuckling
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  • Think you it is only a war-worn, hard-drinking, swashbuckling ruffler that can sin?

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • He sought to make up in swashbuckling and boasting what he lacked in courage.

  • "You don't look like a fire-eating, swashbuckling party to me," he said.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • I rather fancy I'm a better man for having been a swashbuckling boy.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • And if rip-roaring, swashbuckling, drunken glory is what he is after, he gets it.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckling

swashbuckling

/ˈswɒʃˌbʌklɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
of or characteristic of a swashbuckler
2.
(esp of films in period costume) full of adventure and excitement
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Word Origin and History for swashbuckling
adj.

1690s, adjective formed from swashbuckler.

swashbuckle

v.

1897, back-formation from swashbuckling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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