Nearby words

  1. darío, rubén,
  2. das,
  3. das kapital,
  4. dasd,
  5. dasehra,
  6. dash light,
  7. dash off,
  8. dash someone's hopes,
  9. dashboard,
  10. dashcam


    cut a dash, to make a striking impression; be ostentatious or showy.

Origin of dash

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English dasshen, perhaps < Old Norse; compare Danish daske slap, flap, Swedish daska; (noun) Middle English: blow, clash, derivative of the v.

10. dart, bolt. See rush1. 11. pinch, bit; touch.



verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

to damn (usually used as an interjection).

Origin of dash

1790–1800; euphemism based on d—n, printed form of damn


[dash](in West Africa)


a tip, bribe, or recompense.

verb (used with object)

to give a tip or bribe to (especially a government employee).

Origin of dash

1780–1790; perhaps first recorded in Dutch as dache, dasche (1602); origin uncertain, but often alleged to be < Portuguese das (you) give (2nd singular present indicative of dar to give) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for dash

British Dictionary definitions for dash



verb (mainly tr)

to hurl; crashhe dashed the cup to the floor; the waves dashed against the rocks
to mixwhite paint dashed with blue
(intr) to move hastily or recklessly; rushhe dashed to her rescue
(usually foll by off or down) to write (down) or finish (off) hastily
to destroy; frustratehis hopes were dashed
to daunt (someone); cast down; discouragehe was dashed by her refusal


a sudden quick movement; dart
a small admixturecoffee with a dash of cream
a violent stroke or blow
the sound of splashing or smashingthe dash of the waves
panache; stylehe rides with dash
cut a dash See cut (def. 33)
the punctuation mark , used singly in place of a colon, esp to indicate a sudden change of subject or grammatical anacoluthon, or in pairs to enclose a parenthetical remark
the symbol (–) used, in combination with the symbol dot (·), in the written representation of Morse and other telegraphic codesCompare dah
athletics another word (esp US and Canadian) for sprint
informal short for dashboard

Word Origin for dash

Middle English dasche, dasse


informal a euphemistic word for damn (def. 1), damn (def. 2)


a gift, commission, tip, or bribe


to give (a dash) to someone

Word Origin for dash

C16: perhaps from Fanti

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Word Origin and History for dash
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Culture definitions for dash


A punctuation mark (—) used to indicate a sudden break in thought, to set off parenthetical material, or to take the place of such expressions as that is and namely: “He's running for reelection — if he lives until then”; “Very few people in this class — three, to be exact — have completed their projects”; “She joined the chorus for only one reason — she loves to sing.” In the last example, where the parenthetical material comes at the end of the sentence rather than in the middle, a colon could be used instead of the dash.

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