swash·​buck·​le ˈswäsh-ˌbə-kəl How to pronounce swashbuckle (audio)
swashbuckled; swashbuckling ˈswäsh-ˌbə-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce swashbuckle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to act the part of a swashbuckler

Examples of swashbuckle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brandon is inflexible, conservative and yet still dares to swashbuckle, a unique package. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Jan. 2023

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Word History


back-formation from swashbuckler

First Known Use

1897, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swashbuckle was in 1897

Dictionary Entries Near swashbuckle

Cite this Entry

“Swashbuckle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckle. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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