Origin of splash

First recorded in 1705–15; perhaps alteration of plash1
Related formssplash·ing·ly, adverbun·splashed, adjective

Synonyms for splash

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Contemporary Examples of splash

Historical Examples of splash

  • My God, these journalists do love to splash about in their emotions.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

  • When he was on it he heard the splash of oars below him in the Pool, but he took no heed of it.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • She heard Artois get in, the boat pushed off, the splash of the oars.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Presently they were dashing into the midst of it, and everything was drowned in the splash and roar.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • If this is a trickle then Noah's flood couldn't have been more than a splash.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for splash



to scatter (liquid) about in blobs; spatter
to descend or cause to descend upon in blobshe splashed his jacket
to make (one's way) by or as if by splashinghe splashed through the puddle
(tr) to print (a story or photograph) prominently in a newspaper


an instance or sound of splashing
an amount splashed
a patch created by or as if by splashinga splash of colour
informal an extravagant display, usually for effect (esp in the phrase make a splash)
a small amount of soda water, water, etc, added to an alcoholic drink

Word Origin for splash

C18: alteration of plash 1
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Word Origin and History for splash

1715, probably an alteration of plash with an intensive s-. The noun is attested from 1736; meaning "striking or ostentatious display" is first attested 1804. Splashy "sensational" first attested 1836. Splash-down in the spacecraft sense is attested from 1961.

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