\ 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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are cooling centers in the city, splash parks and pools. Washington Post, 5 July 2021 The water used at the Wardle Fields splash pad is reused to water the park. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 June 2021 Our friend's 130 pound dog also went in and had plenty of space to splash and cool off. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 30 June 2021 Some young women wear neat shift dresses and straightened tresses; others splash out in African prints, their hair natural, a style that had only recently become popular, in parallel with the Civil Rights Movement. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 2 July 2021 Afterward, splash in a Spanish Creek swimming hole near the parking area. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 Officials also reminded residents where pools, splash pads and cooling centers were available and urged people to stay hydrated, check on their neighbors and avoid strenuous activities. Gene Johnson, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 Memorial Day weekend marked the reopening of public pools and splash pads throughout metro Phoenix. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 2 June 2021 Water enthusiasts can now choose between bounce houses, water tables, elaborate sprinklers, inflatables of all shapes and sizes, splash pads and more. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The golden stock is puréed, and its sumptuously silky body is enhanced with a splash of cream. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 Summer weather and the change of scenery reinvigorated the famously staid contest with a welcome splash of unpredictability. Washington Post, 14 June 2021 Fish tacos are pleasantly crunchy with a welcome splash of salsa verde, even if the flour tortillas are limp. BostonGlobe.com, 3 June 2021 Strain cocktail into glass and top with a splash of tonic water. Karla Alindahao, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Trump launched the blog with a splash in the beginning of May. Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 Kim, a lawyer, mom, and Korean American woman, wanted to bring a taste of her heritage mixed with a splash of her home state of New York to the masses. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 10 May 2021 Spirits are agricultural products; crops like corn, wheat, and potatoes are fermented and then distilled, transforming the bounty of a harvest into a product that will never go bad and—bonus—tastes pretty great with a splash of tonic. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 28 Apr. 2021 Once the pretzels are boiled, they can be brushed with or dipped fully in an egg wash (beaten raw egg mixed with a splash of water). Tribune News Service, cleveland, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jul 2021

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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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