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Part of speech: verb

Origin: Imitative, 16th century


(of water or an object in water) move with a splashing sound.


(of a person) flamboyantly swagger about or wield a sword.

Examples of Swash in a sentence

"Break out the kiddie pool and let the little ones play and swash in the water."

"He loves to watch Olympic fencing as the graceful fighters swash back and forth."

About Swash

As a verb, swash describes splashing water, but it also applies to a particularly flamboyant swagger, especially while wielding a sword. Just picture Inigo Montoya from “The Princess Bride” — “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Did you Know?

The etymology of swash can’t be traced back to a particular language; it’s imitative. That means the word imitates a particular sound, such as the swish-swash of moving water back and forth. You can also call an imitative word an onomatopoeia.

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