verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of swash
Examples from the Web for swash
I cannot desert my aunt, nor can I quit the Swash alone in company with her mate.
Stern heard her breath, gasping and quick, above the roar and swash of the mad waters.Darkness and Dawn|George Allan England
They are getting ready to cut us off this side of the Swash channel!Macaria|Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
As the schooner was anchored, and floated without assistance, the Swash rode by her.
Leaving the good craft to pursue her way with speed and certainty, we must now return to the Swash.
British Dictionary definitions for swash
- swagger or bluster
- a swashbuckler
Word Origin for swash
Word Origin and History for swash
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.