Origin of swashing
- 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 swashing
In the distance I could hear the swashing of waves on a beach.The Long Voyage
Carl Richard Jacobi
Anne felt the presence of the swashing Festus, and stopped her reading.The Trumpet-Major
The Goldwing had taken in so much water that it was swashing about in the standing-room.All Adrift
There was no sound but the swashing of the water against the boats.With Fire and Sword
Samuel H. M. Byers
By swashing them up and down for awhile, I got considerable of the mud removed.The Story of a Strange Career
- (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 swashing
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.