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dashing

Syllabification: dash·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈdaSHiNG
 
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Definition of dashing in English:

adjective

1(Of a man) attractive in a romantic, adventurous way: a dashing pirate on the high seas
More example sentences
  • Audiences were also charmed by the elegance of the performers, often young unmarried dashing men.
  • Are those historical romances in the Victorian / Regency age about dashing lords and young innocent debutants mere clones of each other?
  • A dashing gentleman approached the lovely, dark-haired young woman standing alone by a pillar.
Synonyms
debonair, devil-may-care, raffish, sporty, spirited, lively, dazzling, energetic, animated, exuberant, flamboyant, dynamic, bold, intrepid, daring, adventurous, plucky, swashbuckling;
romantic, attractive, gallant
1.1Stylish or fashionable: a dashing S-type Jaguar
More example sentences
  • I just have to keep reminding myself that anyone can wear a dashing black turban and eyepatch.
  • There is a rare Puss-in-Boots, white mohair with a dashing felt feather hat and ruff, black boots, yellow sash and steel sword.
  • But what Chinese red is perfect for is trim and accent, those dashing color swaths that bring a room back to life.
Synonyms
stylish, smart, elegant, chic, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair;
informal trendy, with it, hip, sharp, snazzy, classy, natty, swish, styling/stylin', fly, spiffy

Derivatives

dashingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Lance was dashingly dressed in a slimmin’ tuxedo and looked, dare I say it, rather handsome.
  • Alex's parents met when they were eighteen and twenty-three respectively, were engaged three months later, and had a dashingly handsome son by the end of their second year of marriage.
  • The couple gave their own twist to the bridal waltz, dashingly executing a tango.

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