\ ˈsplash How to pronounce splash (audio) \
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

Summer to-do list: Where to find Fourth of July events and fireworks in Hamilton County Things to do with kids: List of Indianapolis-area pools and splash pads Noblesville's free Fourth of July Fireworks Festival will be from 4-10 p.m. at the park. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Ride the Nickel Plate Express train during Noblesville's Fourth of July festival," 21 June 2019 On Keeping Up with the Kardashians, her treatments have ranged from medical-grade cortisone injections and bottling up Costa Rican spring water to stealing her sister Kourtney's breast milk and splashing it onto her legs. Rachel Lubitz, refinery29.com, "We Spoke To Kim Kardashian's "Medical Medium" About Her Psoriasis Struggle," 15 June 2019 If the animal is alive, DO keep its skin moist and cool by splashing water over its body. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "More than 250 dolphins have stranded themselves from Florida to Louisiana in 2019," 12 June 2019 Our lodge uses electric safari vehicles, allowing us to silently observe the myriad creatures splashing and scuffling in the shallows. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 Mulch prevents soil from splashing onto lower foliage, keeps soil moist and cool during warm weather and makes weeds easier to pull. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to salvage your garden after a Colorado hail storm rips it apart," 11 June 2019 Today, a mated pair of mergansers share this bay of the fjord with splashing arctic terns, recently arrived from waters off Antarctica. Anchorage Daily News, "The sound of silence in Russell Fjord," 8 June 2019 Don't expect to see Ryder and Hahn splash their romance all over social media. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Winona Ryder and Her Boyfriend, Scott Mackinlay Hahn, Are Low-Key Couple Goals," 28 May 2019 Blue Island is in line for $750,000, with $150,000 awarded to the city for roadway repairs and $600,000 awarded to the park district for pool and splash pad repairs and capital improvements at Hart Park. Ted Slowik, Daily Southtown, "Slowik: Towns may have to wait years to get funds through Rebuild Illinois capital plan," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Taste, and add an extra splash of vinegar, as needed. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 19 June 2019 Taste, and add an extra splash of vinegar, as needed. Bonnie S. Benwick, The Denver Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 17 June 2019 Step 5 Taste, and add an extra splash of vinegar, as needed. Washington Post, "This deserves to be your summer’s go-to bacon salad," 11 June 2019 Add a splash of pasta water and a few generous spoonfuls of pesto to make enough sauce to coat the pasta. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 chefs share recipes inspired by their cooking dads," 11 June 2019 First setting foot on the fabled red carpet back in 1997, Jovovich made a splash in a sleek Celine column gown by Hedi Slimane at this week’s amfAR gala. Vogue, "How Milla Jovovich Got Glam for amfAR 2019," 24 May 2019 Bobby Lashley has a chance to make a big splash in his program with Roman Reigns. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: AXS TV’s Mark Cuban Hopes for More Live NJPW Specials," 5 July 2018 Alexander Dunn, 29, an aspiring rapper who goes by the name Dephree, had been planning a big splash in advance of a music video that was supposed to come out Wednesday evening. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "‘You ain’t poppin’ unless you got haters’: Aspiring rapper turns L.A. commute into nightmare," 28 June 2018 Again, if the Sixers make a big splash this offseason, the situation might take care of itself. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Sixers suddenly have a lot of guards, and still need another | David Murphy," 24 June 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


alteration of plash

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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 How to pronounce splash (audio) \
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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