\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

Take the very impressive-looking muffaletta, stacked with mortadella, capicola, Genoa salami, and olive salad, the bottom bun splashed with balsamic vinegar. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Food & Drink / Food Chain A sad state of the sandwich at Portage Park Italian deli Rosie's Sidekick," 9 July 2018 An Associated Press team that visited Gorongosa in April flew over the park in a helicopter, spotting hippos and crocodiles splashing in a floodplain, a herd of more than 100 buffalo and numerous waterbuck (a 2016 census counted more than 45,000). Christopher Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Underdogs no more: African wild dogs make comeback in Mozambique," 22 June 2018 The two-year-old boy was splashed with boiling water on his torso in the accident at a Judith Drive home at about 6 p.m., Billings said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Toddler Burned In Accident, Part Of Busy Night For Manchester Firefighters," 21 June 2018 Reports said Frankie splashed around in the water, swimming with his family while on vacation at the Texas City Dike. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Here's what you need to know about dry drowning," 21 June 2018 As soon as the ball hit the net, footage of the crowd shows the ensuing celebration — including a veritable fog of beer spritzing everyone as fans splashed their beverages in the air in unfettered jubilation. Raisa Bruner, Time, "English Soccer Fans Already Wasted a Lot of of Beer Before Winning the World Cup Semifinals," 11 July 2018 The pop superstar and her boyfriend, who revealed their relationship last May after dating in secret for several months, were photographed splashing around in the water and doing some snorkeling. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Taylor Swift Spends Fourth of July on Vacation With Joe Alwyn: See the Sweet Pic," 6 July 2018 An eight-hour search of the seafloor off the Washington coast Monday yielded two tiny fragments of molten rock that scientists think are remnants of a meteor that exploded in a fireball and splashed down in March. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Meteorite search off the Washington coast recovers two small fragments," 3 July 2018 One of the first big boosts in NHS spending came in 1962 when Enoch Powell, an early champion of the free market, splashed out on 90 new and 134 refurbished hospitals. The Economist, "The three myths of the NHS," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Massini's play premiered in Paris in 2013, before making a splash two years later in Milan, where Mendes came upon it. Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Yogi’s owner, Brittany Waters, said Yogi warmed up to making a splash after a few trips to the platform. Lindsey Salvatelli, Lake County News-Sun, "High-flying dogs make a splash at Libertyville Dog Days," 8 July 2018 Eagles make splash at B.A.S.S. championship Atascocita's representatives placed ninth and 11th at the Texas B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship on June 16 at Lake Sam Rayburn. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Cypress Ranch places 3 players on THSBCA all-state team," 27 June 2018 Puma made a splash last week signing Ayton's former AAU and Phoenix Hillcrest Prep high school teammate, Marvin Bagley lll. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Report: Potential No. 1 NBA draft pick Deandre Ayton signs with Puma," 18 June 2018 Below, the 16 poolside accessories that’ll make a splash this summer. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "16 Poolside Accessories to Brighten Summer Parties," 15 June 2018 But now, a different DIY solution to your swimming needs is set to make a splash: the pallet pool. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Pallet Swimming Pools Are Here to Make Your Summer the Best Ever," 25 May 2018 Now, Freshgoods's goal of seeing Chicago brands make a splash outside of the city is more realized than ever. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Food & Drink / Free Shit / Style DIY designer Joe Freshgoods takes Chicago streetwear out of town with McDonald’s partnership," 24 May 2018 John Beilein and the Michigan basketball team hoped to make a splash on the recruiting trail Saturday afternoon. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "5-star basketball prospect D.J. Carton picks Ohio State over Michigan," 14 July 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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Phrases Related to splash

make a splash

splash across/over

splash out

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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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to reject or criticize sharply

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