\ 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

Add teaspoon of lemon then top off with a splash of Fevertree tonic. Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Throw a Laid-Back Holiday Party at Home, from the Team at A Summer Day Cafe," 6 Dec. 2018 Your favorite summer refresher gets a wintery twist with a splash of blood orange juice. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Blood Orange Spritz," 26 Nov. 2018 Getty ImagesChris Jackson Meghan opted for the classic white leather Veja sneaker with a splash of black at the back of the ankle. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears $150 Veja Sneakers to Watch the Invictus Games in Australia," 21 Oct. 2018 Bed decals finish the look with a splash of The King’s iconic Petty Blue. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Petty's Garage Warrior Edition Ford F-150 being auctioned to help paralyzed veterans," 18 Sep. 2018 The car glowed with splashes of LED exterior lighting across its tail and similar streaks accenting the wraparound cabin, giving a sense of floating. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Audi Officially Unveils Its First EV, the E-Tron," 18 Sep. 2018 That's why today a growing number of competitive pit masters wrap their meat in tinfoil after the first few hours (usually when the internal temperature hits 170°F), along with a splash of apple juice, beer, or even Mountain Dew. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science," 1 Sep. 2018 Every now and then someone vandalizes one or more of the rocks with a splash of paint. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "The Sculptures Outside The Wadsworth, Explained," 9 July 2018 Top with a splash of club soda to taste and a basil leaf for garnish. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "Rhubarb meets gin in a rose-colored, refreshing summer cocktail," 5 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


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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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