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  1. a gentle splash.
  2. a pool or puddle.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to splash gently.
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Origin of plash1

before 1000; Middle English plasch pool, puddle, Old English plæsc; cognate with Dutch, Low German plas, probably of imitative orig.
Related formsplash·ing·ly, adverb


verb (used with object)
  1. pleach.
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Origin of plash2

1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French plaissier, derivative of plais hedge < Vulgar Latin *plaxum < ?
Related formsplash·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for plashing

Historical Examples

  • Again there was the silence of midnight, and no sounds were heard but the plashing of the rain.

    Henry IV, Makers of History

    John S. C. Abbott

  • The earth beneath was like a bowl, a bowl full of plashing sunshine.

  • Her hand was plashing in the little waterfall, and her eyes were bent the same way.

  • Even as Kano stared the drop fell heavily, plashing on his hand.

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa

  • Their noise, to my own ears, almost drowned the plashing made by Moro and myself.

    The War Trail

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for plashing


verb, noun
  1. a less common word for splash
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Word Origin

Old English plæsc, probably imitative; compare Dutch plas


  1. another word for pleach
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Word Origin

C15: from Old French plassier, from plais hedge, woven fence, from Latin plectere to plait; compare pleach
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Word Origin and History for plashing



"small puddle, shallow pool, wet ground," Old English plæsc "pool of water, puddle," probably imitative (cf. Dutch plass "pool"). Meaning "noise made by splashing" is first recorded 1510s.

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"to splash," 1580s, from plash (n.) and also imitative (cf. Dutch plassen, German platschen). Related: Plashed; plashing.

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"to interlace," late 15c., from Old French plaissier, from Latin plectere "to plait" (see complex (adj.)). Related: Plashed; plashing.

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