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 \-iŋ-lē \ 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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Cold Iron Pictures Please, try to name a more dashing corpse. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "The Best Daniel Movies Ranked by Overwhelming Hotness," 1 June 2018 Another young actor nominated for the first time is Timothee Chalamet, who looks very dashing tonight. Matt Miller, Esquire, "Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar Monologue Set the Stage for an Impassioned Night in Hollywood," 5 Mar. 2018 Another young actor nominated for the first time is Timothee Chalamet, who looks very dashing tonight. Cosmopolitan, "Jimmy Kimmel Didn’t Shy Away From Time's Up in His Opening Monologue at the 2018 Oscars," 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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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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evasion of direct action or statement

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