swashbuckling

[ swosh-buhk-ling, swawsh- ]
/ ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lɪŋ, ˈswɔʃ- /

adjective

characteristic of or behaving in the manner of a swashbuckler.

noun

the activities, deeds, or adventures of a swashbuckler.

Nearby words

  1. swash,
  2. swash letter,
  3. swash plate,
  4. swashbuckle,
  5. swashbuckler,
  6. swashing,
  7. swashingly,
  8. swastika,
  9. swat,
  10. swatch

Sometimes swash·buck·ler·ing.

Origin of swashbuckling

First recorded in 1685–95; swashbuckl(er) + -ing2, -ing1

swashbuckle

[ swosh-buhk-uh l, swawsh- ]
/ ˈswɒʃˌbʌk əl, ˈswɔʃ- /

verb (used without object), swash·buck·led, swash·buck·ling.

to work, behave, or perform as a swashbuckler.

Origin of swashbuckle

First recorded in 1895–1900; back formation from swashbuckler

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British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckling

swashbuckling

/ (ˈswɒʃˌbʌklɪŋ) /

adjective (usually prenominal)

of or characteristic of a swashbuckler
(esp of films in period costume) full of adventure and excitement
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Word Origin and History for swashbuckling
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