dashing

[ dash-ing ]
/ ˈdæʃ ɪŋ /

adjective

energetic and spirited; lively: a dashing hero.
elegant and gallant in appearance and manner: a dashing young cavalry officer.
showy; stylish.

Nearby words

  1. dashedly,
  2. dasheen,
  3. dasher,
  4. dashi,
  5. dashiki,
  6. dashing white sergeant,
  7. dashingly,
  8. dashpot,
  9. dasht-e-kavir,
  10. dasht-e-lut

Origin of dashing

First recorded in 1800–05; dash1 + -ing2

Related formsdash·ing·ly, adverb

Origin of dash

1
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.

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

dash

2
[ dash ]
/ dæʃ /

verb (used with object) Chiefly British.

to damn (usually used as an interjection).

Origin of dash

2
1790–1800; euphemism based on d—n, printed form of damn

dash

3
[ dash ]
/ dæʃ /
(in West Africa)

noun

a tip, bribe, or recompense.

verb (used with object)

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

Origin of dash

3
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)

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British Dictionary definitions for dashing

dashing

/ (ˈdæʃɪŋ) /

adjective

spirited; livelya dashing young man
stylish; showya dashing hat
Derived Formsdashingly, adverb

dash

1
/ (dæʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Word Origin for dash

Middle English dasche, dasse

dash

2
/ (dæʃ) /

interjection

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

dash

3
/ (dæʃ) Western African /

noun

a gift, commission, tip, or bribe

verb

to give (a dash) to someone

Word Origin for dash

C16: perhaps from Fanti

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Word Origin and History for dashing
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Culture definitions for dashing

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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