\ ˈsplash \
splashed; splashing; splashes

Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to strike and dash about a liquid or semiliquid substance
b : to move in or into a liquid or semiliquid substance and cause it to spatter
2a(1) : to become spattered about
(2) : to spread or scatter in the manner of splashed liquid
b : to fall, strike, or move with a splashing sound a brook splashing over rocks

transitive verb

1a(1) : to dash a liquid or thinly viscous substance upon or against
(2) : to soil or stain with splashed liquid
b : to mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture
c : to display prominently a story splashed on the front page
2a : to cause (a liquid or thinly viscous substance) to spatter about especially with force
b : to scatter in the manner of a splashed liquid



Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

1a(1) : splashed liquid or semiliquid substance also : impounded water released suddenly
(2) : a spot or daub from or as if from splashed liquid a mud splash on the fender
b : a colored patch
2a : the action of splashing
b : a short plunge
3 : a sound produced by or as if by a liquid falling, moving, being hurled, or oscillating
4a : a vivid impression created especially by ostentatious activity or appearance
b : ostentatious display
5 : a small amount : sprinkling

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Other Words from splash


splasher noun

Examples of splash in a Sentence


He dropped the bottle and bleach splashed onto the floor. We could hear the waves splashing against the side of the boat. The baby splashed the water. Don't splash water at your brother. I accidentally splashed some water on the floor. She splashed cold water on her face. We were splashed by a passing car. She splashed her face with cold water. The dog was splashing through the waves.


at least you have a splash of common sense—which is more than we can say for your mother
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then, as now, the French label’s immodest, $700-plus leather wash bags, often splashed with its logo, can rival a children’s shoebox in size. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "What Exactly Is Inside The Dopp Kits NBA Players Carry?," 5 Feb. 2019 The first step in his nightly skin routine involves splashing his face with cold water. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Luka Sabbat's Nighttime Skincare Routine Is Exactly What You'd Expect," 9 Oct. 2018 Another foothold for Taiwanese cooking is izakaya-style, snacky food to serve with drinks in a setting splashed with neon and a cartoon mural. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Stir, in Philadelphia Museum of Art, Prepares for October Opening," 10 July 2018 Witnesses in court described the get-up as a white wig, hat, white face paint and black lipstick, a green suit splashed with other colors and the comedic shoes. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Washington County Board member shows up in a clown suit at his seat belt trial," 22 June 2018 The Rockets began the fourth quarter with Paul, Tucker and Gerald Green splashing 3s, with Green following with a steal and slam that lit up the room. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul carries Rockets past Jazz, to Western Conference Finals," 8 May 2018 Rose Glow’ variegated Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii f. atropurpurea): Dramatic deciduous shrub that unfolds new growth of deep burgundy leaves splashed with pink and cream. OregonLive.com, "6 vibrant, colorful shrubs to spruce up Oregon gardens," 9 Apr. 2018 The home kit delivers a classic Portuguese aesthetic, splashed with gold to emphasise their regal status, while the away kit acknowledges their hunt for fresh talent through symbols of their naval history. SI.com, "PHOTOS: Nike Unveil Stunning New Kits for Kings of Europe Portugal Ahead of World Cup," 20 Mar. 2018 His image is splashed almost daily on front pages of Egyptian newspapers, his games are watched by millions and his goals spark wild celebrations. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Egypt in rare unity over love for Salah, loathing for Ramos," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

It was also watercolored with vibrant splashes of pink, lilac, white, and black, making for one seriously head-turning finish. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Michael B. Jordan Is the Latest Hollywood Man to Rock a Harness," 28 Jan. 2019 Use a splash block to quickly direct water away from your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 While she is currently nominated for her performance in Eighth Grade, Elsie made quite a splash thanks to her KENZO bespoke red velvet suit that was perfect for her first red carpet of the awards show season. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "“Eighth Grade”’s Elsie Fisher Rocked The Prom Suit Of Your Dreams at the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 In a medium roasting pan, toss carrots with a pinch of salt, honey, olive oil, half the lemon juice and a small splash of water. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Simplest Steak Dinner," 3 Jan. 2019 In Fact, Ariana Grande's Social Media Presence in General No celebrity made more of a splash on social media this year than Grande. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "24 Social Media Moments That Literally Made 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 For a splash of jewel tones, in came Italian Moroso dining chairs—tubular, geometric, and another instantaneous yes. Jennifer Blaise Kramer, House Beautiful, "How Pops Of Color Transformed These Classic White Rooms," 17 Dec. 2018 Leave it to Donatella to make the biggest of splashes with her first-ever New York fashion show. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Versace Recreated Two of Its Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses on the Runway," 3 Dec. 2018 Where else can kids visit a new Revolutionary War museum, splash in a historic fountain, and gush over animals at our country’s oldest zoo? Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of splash


1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(2)


1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for splash


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English Language Learners Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

of a liquid : to move, fall, or hit something in a noisy or messy way
: to cause (water or another liquid) to move in a noisy way or messy way
: to make (someone or something) wet with large drops of water or another liquid



English Language Learners Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound made when someone or something hits liquid or when liquid hits something
: the movement of liquid when something hits it
: a mark or spot made when a liquid is splashed on something


\ ˈsplash \
splashed; splashing

Kids Definition of splash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hit (something liquid or sloppy) and cause to move and scatter roughly … she … beat the pancake batter so hard that it splashed all over the walls.— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking
2 : to wet or soil by spattering with something wet (as water or mud) I got splashed by a passing car.
3 : to move or strike with a splashing sound Children like to splash through a puddle.
4 : to spread or scatter like a splashed liquid The sunset splashed the sky with red.



Kids Definition of splash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : material that has been hit and made to scatter
2 : a spot or smear from or as if from liquid that has been hit and made to scatter
3 : the sound or action of liquid that has been hit and made to scatter

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