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swash

[swosh, swawsh] /swɒʃ, swɔʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to splash, as things in water, or as water does:
Waves were swashing against the piers.
2.
to dash around, as things in violent motion.
3.
to swagger.
verb (used with object)
4.
to dash or cast violently, especially to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.
noun
5.
the surging or dashing, sometimes violent, of water, waves, etc.
6.
the sound made by such dashing:
the thunderous swash of the waves.
7.
the ground over which water washes.
8.
Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
9.
Printing. an extending ornamental flourish, as on letters of certain fonts of italic or cursive type.
adjective
10.
Printing. noting or pertaining to a character having a swash:
a swash letter.
Origin of swash
1520-1530
1520-30; imitative

swashbuckler

or swasher

[swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lər, ˈswɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil.
Origin
1550-60; swash + buckler
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  • Belford, I am no cudgel-player, and I knew not well how to rid myself of this swasher.

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British Dictionary definitions for swasher

swash

/swɒʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of water or things in water) to wash or move with noisy splashing
2.
(transitive) to dash (a liquid, esp water) against or upon
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to swagger or bluster
noun
4.
Also called send. the dashing movement or sound of water, such as that of waves on a beach Compare backwash
5.
any other swashing movement or sound
6.
a sandbar washed by the waves
7.
Also called swash channel. a channel of moving water cutting through or running behind a sandbank
8.
(archaic)
  1. swagger or bluster
  2. a swashbuckler
Word Origin
C16: probably of imitative origin

swashbuckler

/ˈswɒʃˌbʌklə/
noun
1.
a swaggering or flamboyant adventurer
2.
a film, book, play, etc, depicting excitement and adventure, esp in a historical setting
Word Origin
C16: from swash (in the archaic sense: to make the noise of a sword striking a shield) + buckler
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Word Origin and History for swasher

swash

n.

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.

swashbuckler

n.

1550s, "blustering, swaggering fighting man" (earlier simply swash, 1540s), from swash "fall of a blow" (see swash) + buckler "shield." The original sense seems to have been "one who makes menacing noises by striking his or an opponent's shield."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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