splash

1 of 2

verb

splashed; splashing; splashes

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a(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

1
a(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
2
a
: to cause (a liquid or thinly viscous substance) to spatter about especially with force
b
: to scatter in the manner of a splashed liquid
splasher noun

splash

2 of 2

noun

1
a(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
2
a
: 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
4
a
: a vivid impression created especially by ostentatious activity or appearance
b
: ostentatious display
5
: a small amount : sprinkling

Examples of splash in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun at least you have a splash of common sense—which is more than we can say for your mother See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Stetson is playful and energetic and especially enjoys splashing in puddles. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 In July, strikers reported being splashed with urine and pelted with eggs. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 Instead of the normal gray coloring, the dolphin had several patches of white splashed across its body, a photo shows. Aspen Pflughoeft, Miami Herald, 8 Feb. 2024 The fresh air and sunshine—or even splashing in puddles in the rain—are great ways to have a change of scenery. Rebecca Hastings, Parents, 8 Feb. 2024 Every day, the papers arrive with a new political advertisement splashed across their front page, said the vendor, Abdul Rahim, 60. Zia Ur-Rehman Saiyna Bashir, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Plants are part of it, of course, but swinging, sliding, running and splashing all have enormous appeal. Marty Ross, Kansas City Star, 31 Jan. 2024 Hauge-Zavaleta has a litany beyond breath work and incantations: place one hand on your heart, tap a finger on your collarbone, splash cold water on your face, call a friend. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 25 Jan. 2024 Toward the beams of sunlight that shone through cracks in the rock and splashed the turquoise water. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024
Noun
Find it on Amazon Add Flair with Acrylic Floating Shelves Add a splash of color and organize your space stylishly with acrylic floating shelves. Micaela Arnett, Rolling Stone, 16 Feb. 2024 Many have suggested recipes for making the stuff at home that typically involve classic Mountain Dew, a splash of blue Gatorade or Powerade, and sometimes Sprite. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2024 Beyond the sand and sea, this beach — one of the most popular in the area — offers restaurants and a park with a fishing pier, pavilion, splash pad, and sand volleyball courts. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 10 Feb. 2024 These fountain-like shrubs are grown for the profuse, early-blooming flowers that provide a sunny splash of yellow during cold weather. Katelyn Chef, Southern Living, 9 Feb. 2024 The mountainous chocolates usually have a splash of color at the peak or swirling around the body, a hint toward the Grand Marnier or passion fruit filling inside. Benjy Egel, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 Neither poolside splashes nor a rinse under the faucet should be an issue. PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 Wearing a sleek red dress and matching red lipstick, Rodrigo began the performance with just a piano playing behind her, as red splashes appeared on a screen behind her. Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 5 Feb. 2024 Transfer the bucatini to the skillet and gently toss with the sauce, adding a splash or two of the cooking water, as needed, to loosen the consistency. Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of plash

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of splash was in 1709

Dictionary Entries Near splash

Cite this Entry

“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

splash

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to cause (something liquid or sloppy) to move and scatter roughly
splash water
b
: to wet, soil, or stain by spattering with something liquid or sloppy
splashed by a passing car
2
: to move or strike with a splashing sound
splash through a puddle
a brook splashing over rocks
3
: to spread or scatter like a splashed liquid
the sunset splashed the sky with red
splasher noun

splash

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: splashed material
b
: a spot or smear from or as if from splashed liquid
2
: the sound or action of splashing

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