dash·​ing | \ ˈda-shiŋ How to pronounce dashing (audio) \

Definition of dashing

1 : marked by vigorous action : spirited a dashing young horse
2 : marked by smartness especially in dress and manners

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Other Words from dashing

dashingly \ ˈda-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce dashing (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web To the public, President Kennedy was a dashing, cerebral leader with a picture-perfect family. CBS News, 14 May 2021 As the mourning period for Britain’s most dashing fictional member of royalty, the Hot Duke, continues into its second week, Bridgerton producer Shonda Rhimes is sympathizing with our horny loss. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 13 Apr. 2021 While this is happening, a dashing man rides into town on a horse while swigging from a flask. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 28 Dec. 2020 Jan Morris spent her first 45 years as James Morris, who had been a British cavalry officer, a World War II veteran and a dashing reporter renowned for his international adventures and evocative writing. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 The archangel Michael, in his dashing garment with rainbow wings, stands astride the narrow earthly realm, where the desperate cry out to be saved. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2020 Everything else was red and gold, including some of the guests, who looked rather dashing and festive. Wendy Yu, Vogue, 24 Jan. 2019 Cold Iron Pictures Please, try to name a more dashing corpse. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, 1 June 2018 Another young actor nominated for the first time is Timothee Chalamet, who looks very dashing tonight. Matt Miller, Esquire, 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of dashing

circa 1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dashing was circa 1697

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28 May 2021

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“Dashing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dashing. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dashing

of a man or a man's appearance : attractive and impressive in a way that shows confidence


dash·​ing | \ ˈda-shiŋ \

Kids Definition of dashing

: very attractive The groom looked dashing in his tuxedo.


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