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

Examples of swashbuckling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Nadal has not dropped a set in six matches, Djokovic has dropped three in his last two — going four sets with Pablo Carreño Busta in the quarterfinals and five with Tsitsipas, the swashbuckling 22-year-old Greek. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Could Tie the Men’s Majors Record at the French Open. Novak Djokovic Is in His Way.," 9 Oct. 2020 As a young journalist, Mr. Luedtke developed a reputation as a swashbuckling reporter with an eye on the executive ranks. Adam Bernstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Kurt Luedtke, screenwriter who won Oscar for ‘Out of Africa,’ dies at 80," 16 Aug. 2020 With or without Depp, the legacy of the the swashbuckling series is set to continue. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Margot Robbie To Star In The Next Pirates Of The Caribbean Film," 27 June 2020 Yet for all its swashbuckling glitter, Peter Beard’s curriculum vitae was shot through with darkness. Margalit Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Peter Beard, wildlife photographer on the wild side," 20 Apr. 2020 Yet for all its swashbuckling glitter, Mr. Beard’s curriculum vitae was shot through with darkness. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Peter Beard, “The End of the Game”," 19 Apr. 2020 Blindspotting director Carlos Lopez Estrada will direct the new film, once again retelling the story of the swashbuckling fox and his larcenous adventures in Nottingham. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Disney’s Robin Hood is getting a live-action/CG remake, too," 10 Apr. 2020 Pirate Cat, the local celebrity feline known for his swashbuckling adventures on the Monon Trail, has gone missing. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "The mysterious disappearance of Pirate Cat, the Monon's famous feline," 4 Apr. 2020 In the 1920s, with newspapers ascendant and readers curious about the world, the foreign reporter became a swashbuckling archetype. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy: Lorrie Moore’s Collected Stories, and More," 10 Mar. 2020

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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 24 Oct. 2020.

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