swash·​buck·​ling | \ ˈswäsh-ˌbə-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce swashbuckling (audio) , ˈswȯsh- \

Definition of swashbuckling

1 : acting in the manner of a swashbuckler
2 : characteristic of, marked by, or done by swashbucklers

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Recent Examples on the Web But Villeneuve isn’t interested in making a swashbuckling romantic adventure that happens to have sci-fi trappings. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 Over the next five days, according to a story conference transcript, the three concocted a swashbuckling archaeologist who fused Humphrey Bogart to James Bond. New York Times, 11 June 2021 With the swashbuckling approach of a squad that wasn’t supposed to last this long, the Danes have turned themselves into one of the most exciting offensive teams here. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 6 July 2021 The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, however, is set during Vesemir's prime as a swashbuckling young Witcher who escaped a life of poverty to slay monsters for coin. Christian Holub, EW.com, 21 July 2021 Disney has released a new trailer for Jungle Cruise, a swashbuckling action-adventure film based on the company’s theme park ride of the same name. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, 27 May 2021 Wall Street colleagues and competitors describe Mr. Rieder as the opposite of a swashbuckling trader: affable, modest, measured—a 10-handicap golfer whose favorite course is Augusta National. WSJ, 16 May 2021 Earlier this week, Disney+ released a swashbuckling new trailer for the forthcoming Marvel series Loki. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 9 Apr. 2021 The 53-year-old Saleska is a hybrid between a rumpled, absent-minded professor and perhaps Indiana Jones’s slightly less swashbuckling older brother. Daniel Glick, Scientific American, 3 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of swashbuckling

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Swashbuckling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckling. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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