swashbuckling

adjective

swash·​buck·​ling ˈswäsh-ˌbə-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce swashbuckling (audio)
ˈswȯsh-
1
: acting in the manner of a swashbuckler
2
: characteristic of, marked by, or done by swashbucklers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For decades, there was a swashbuckling aspect to collecting by American museums. Graham Bowley, New York Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Popov says his more swashbuckling colleagues might be tempted by the model of Rotterdam, a proving ground for just about every architectural fashion since World War II. Curbed, 12 May 2022 Back in 2008, Tech had a swashbuckling coach with a fondness for all things pirates in Mike Leach and a dynamite pass-catch combination in Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree that collaborated on the winning touchdown. Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2022 In 1921, President Warren Harding appointed his campaign manager, Harry Daugherty, as attorney general, and Daugherty appointed a swashbuckling private detective named William J. Burns to run the Bureau of Investigation (forerunner of today’s FBI). Time, 21 Nov. 2022 One is a swashbuckling 17th-century pirate’s tale, starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland; the other is a quasi-documentary melodrama, starring Henry Fonda, heartless bankers, vicious fruit growers and the Dust Bowl. Lance Morrow, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022 The swashbuckling rodent popped off their disguise and Osmond's guess of ventriloquist Dunham, 60, appeared. Dana Rose Falcone, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 One night of each cruise the ship is taken over by beloved Disney pirates, like Redd from the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, to have a swashbuckling good time with live music on the pool decks. Megan Dubois, Chron, 14 July 2022 One noticeable difference: The swashbuckling effect is gone; the graphics rely mostly on typography. cleveland, 2 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

swashbuckler

First Known Use

circa 1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of swashbuckling was circa 1693

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Cite this Entry

“Swashbuckling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swashbuckling. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

swashbuckling

adjective
swash·​buck·​ling ˈswäsh-ˌbək-(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce swashbuckling (audio)
ˈswȯsh-
1
: acting in the manner of a swashbuckler
2
: characteristic of, marked by, or done by swashbucklers
swashbuckling adventure
a swashbuckling tale

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