swashbuckler

[swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh-]
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Sometimes swash·er.

Origin of swashbuckler

First recorded in 1550–60; swash + buckler
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Related Words for swashbuckler

adventurer, buccaneer, daredevil, ruffian, swordsman, soldier

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British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckler

swashbuckler

noun
  1. a swaggering or flamboyant adventurer
  2. a film, book, play, etc, depicting excitement and adventure, esp in a historical setting

Word Origin for swashbuckler

C16: from swash (in the archaic sense: to make the noise of a sword striking a shield) + buckler
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Word Origin and History for swashbuckler
n.

1550s, "blustering, swaggering fighting man" (earlier simply swash, 1540s), from swash "fall of a blow" (see swash) + buckler "shield." The original sense seems to have been "one who makes menacing noises by striking his or an opponent's shield."

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