\ 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

In 2015, the first year that the vanilla price jumped, everyone splashed out. The Economist, "The murky world of Madagascar’s roaring vanilla trade," 5 July 2019 Los Blancos have already splashed over €300m to sign five first-team players, including Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard and Eintracht Frankfurt's goal machine Luka Jović. SI.com, "Donny van de Beek: 6 Things to Know About Ajax Star & Real Madrid's New Transfer Target," 27 June 2019 There are moments of tenderness and beauty here, including an idyllic prologue set at a nearby swimming hole where children splash, play, hide and seek, while Juan’s teenage son (Yago Martínez) and a girlfriend make love in a rocky hideaway. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Review: Carlos Reygadas’ ‘Our Time’ opens up a marriage and finds more beauty than insight," 27 June 2019 Seventy-five years after Skipper splashed ashore on Gold Beach, the former working-class lad from London’s East End is still doing his duty. Danica Kirka, Washington Post, "Correction: D-Day-Britain-Veteran’s Duty story," 24 June 2019 The 15-footers repeatedly splashed through the net. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Inside Darius Garland’s private workout that wowed the Cleveland Cavaliers and played a large role in his selection," 22 June 2019 Protesters also ‘‘splashed oil’’ and targeted police officers’ eyes with laser pointers, according to the police. Raf Wober, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protesters end blockade of police headquarters," 22 June 2019 At least six major British newspapers splashed the story across their front pages on Saturday, all naming Johnson and Symonds, and all citing the Guardian as the original source of the story. Arnaud Siad And Emmet Lyons, CNN, "Boris Johnson in spotlight after reported police call-out to home," 22 June 2019 At that same location 110 years ago, children splashed in one of the city’s first municipal swimming pools. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Diving into history: Indianapolis' first municipal pool was in use more than a century ago," 29 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sha’Carri Richardson wants to make a splash at the Pre Classic in her professional debut. oregonlive.com, "Today’s Prefontaine Classic takes a one-year hiatus from Eugene: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 June 2019 And, unlike its competitor, the Impossible Burger — which recently made a splash on the Burger King menu — the Beyond Burger can be purchased in grocery stores. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Beyond Meat’s latest plant-based burger is meatier, juicier and a big step closer to beef," 25 June 2019 Aubrey Plaza just made a major splash on the red carpet, all thanks to her simple hair accessory: a knife barrette. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Aubrey Plaza Just Wore a Knife Barrette to the Premiere of “Child’s Play”," 21 June 2019 Ta-Nehisi Coates made a splash on the Hill yesterday during a hearing about reparations. NBC News, "Democratic candidates find their outrage scale is different from Trump's," 20 June 2019 In his first year back at UNC, Brown already has hit the ground running, making a splash on the recruiting trail by flipping a few top athletes, both in state and out of state, from ACC opponents. Chaunte'l Powell, orlandosentinel.com, "2019 College Football Rankings: UNC brings back Mack Brown to get Tar Heels back on track," 17 June 2019 Millennials are making their engagements shared experiences and having their big moment in front of friends and families while on summer vacations, their photos making a big splash on social media within minutes. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, "How to choose a lab-grown diamond," 10 June 2019 After rocking a sugary pink Zac Posen gown at the Met Gala last week, Deepika Padukone made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival hitting us with not one but two killer red carpet looks back-to-back. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Deepika Padukone Wows at Cannes Yet Again with Another Epic Train Moment," 17 May 2019 Hadid first made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival way back in 2016. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Remains Cannes’s Queen of the Red Dress," 17 May 2019

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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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