dash·​ing ˈda-shiŋ How to pronounce dashing (audio)
: marked by vigorous action : spirited
a dashing young horse
: marked by smartness especially in dress and manners
dashingly adverb

Examples of dashing in a Sentence

She married a dashing young lawyer from the city. a brave and dashing soldier The actor cuts a dashing figure as a young Jack Kennedy.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dashing was circa 1697

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“Dashing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dashing. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: noticeably bold and forceful
a dashing attack
: showy and stylish especially in dress and manners
made a dashing appearance
dashingly adverb

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