Origin of swash

First recorded in 1520–30; imitative
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swash

/ (swɒʃ) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for swash

C16: probably of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for swash

swash


n.

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.

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