[swosh-buhk-ling, swawsh-]


characteristic of or behaving in the manner of a swashbuckler.


the activities, deeds, or adventures of a swashbuckler.

Sometimes swash·buck·ler·ing.

Origin of swashbuckling

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


[swosh-buhk-uh l, swawsh-]

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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Examples from the Web for swashbuckling

Contemporary Examples of swashbuckling

Historical Examples of swashbuckling

  • Think you it is only a war-worn, hard-drinking, swashbuckling ruffler that can sin?

    The Tavern Knight

    Rafael Sabatini

  • He sought to make up in swashbuckling and boasting what he lacked in courage.

  • "You don't look like a fire-eating, swashbuckling party to me," he said.

    West Wind Drift

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • I rather fancy I'm a better man for having been a swashbuckling boy.

    West Wind Drift

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • And if rip-roaring, swashbuckling, drunken glory is what he is after, he gets it.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckling


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

1690s, adjective formed from swashbuckler.



1897, back-formation from swashbuckling.

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