There are 2 definitions of swash in English:


Syllabification: swash
Pronunciation: /swôSH, swäSH


[no object]
1(Of water or an object in water) move with a splashing sound: the water swashed and rippled around the car wheels
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  • When a heavy lurch came, hot water swashed up and over, a dismal howl, and well I fancy the cook and his mate will be more careful in future!’
  • His shoes were dampened and were soaked under the freezing water which swashed around.
  • The first is that the crumbling dead corals swash about in the waves - not a good place for a baby coral to survive.
2 archaic (Of a person) flamboyantly swagger about or wield a sword: he swashed about self-confidently
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  • Doesn't mean he cannot swash or buckle or both, but it will require additional suspension of disbelief, particularly if he has a fistfight with some muscled-up 20-year old.
  • Likewise ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ to distinguish from the other films in which Errol Flynn buckled swashes and stuff.
  • However, a few years on and no longer buckling a swash with his early vigour, tough battle boy Henry died of a tummy ache.


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1The rush of seawater up the beach after the breaking of a wave.
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  • This is succeeded by plane-bedded sands dipping gently seaward, which are produced by the swash and backwash of the waves on the beach face.
  • Though I could no longer see the clam, I knew it had pushed its siphon to the surface for feeding, and it occurred to me that the hydroid, by creating an eddy in the swash, might actually help the clam obtain food.
1.1 archaic The motion or sound of water dashing or washing against something.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'make a noise like swords clashing or beating on shields'): imitative.

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There are 2 definitions of swash in English:


Syllabification: swash
Pronunciation: /


Denoting an ornamental written or printed character, typically a capital letter.


late 17th century: of unknown origin.

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