Origin of swashing
- to splash, as things in water, or as water does: Waves were swashing against the piers.
- to dash around, as things in violent motion.
- to swagger.
- to dash or cast violently, especially to dash (water or other liquid) around, down, etc.
- the surging or dashing, sometimes violent, of water, waves, etc.
- the sound made by such dashing: the thunderous swash of the waves.
- the ground over which water washes.
- Chiefly Southeastern U.S. a channel of water through or behind a sandbank.
- Printing. an extending ornamental flourish, as on letters of certain fonts of italic or cursive type.
- Printing. noting or pertaining to a character having a swash: a swash letter.
Origin of swash
Related Words for swashingbathe, moisten, dash, sop, wade, strew, slop, soak, paddle, spread, douse, splatter, squirt, sprinkle, plunge, slosh, wet, broadcast, spray, drown
Examples from the Web for swashing
Historical Examples of swashing
In the distance I could hear the swashing of waves on a beach.The Long Voyage
Carl Richard Jacobi
Anne felt the presence of the swashing Festus, and stopped her reading.The Trumpet-Major
The Goldwing had taken in so much water that it was swashing about in the standing-room.All Adrift
There was no sound but the swashing of the water against the boats.With Fire and Sword
Samuel H. M. Byers
By swashing them up and down for awhile, I got considerable of the mud removed.The Story of a Strange Career
- (intr) (esp of water or things in water) to wash or move with noisy splashing
- (tr) to dash (a liquid, esp water) against or upon
- (intr) archaic to swagger or bluster
- Also called: send the dashing movement or sound of water, such as that of waves on a beachCompare backwash
- any other swashing movement or sound
- a sandbar washed by the waves
- Also called: swash channel a channel of moving water cutting through or running behind a sandbank
- swagger or bluster
- a swashbuckler
Word Origin for swash
Word Origin and History for swashing
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.