\ 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

Other Words from splash


splasher noun

Examples of splash in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun at least you have a splash of common sense—which is more than we can say for your mother See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb More information on pool and splash pad locations is available here. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Aug. 2022 On the rooftop, guests can lounge and splash at family-friendly outdoor pools surrounded by palm trees and other lush greenery. Elizabeth Brownfield, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 In a report released in January, NASA discussed a plan to push the station into the atmosphere so that anything that survived re-entry would splash into the Pacific Ocean. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Then, listen to zookeeper chats, splash in the Water Play Park and watch the elephants get their daily bath. Gabi De La Rosa, Chron, 8 June 2022 The Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland has zip line rides that splash down into the water, swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, rope swinging, wake boards and kayaking. Blaine Callahan, Hartford Courant, 20 July 2022 Freedom to cartwheel on the sand and splash in the surf. Allison Robicelli, Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Treehouse, make music and art, and splash in the mountain stream at the three children’s gardens, the Hamilton Children’s Garden, Seeds of Wonder and Junior Quail Trail. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 July 2022 Today, most of the local economy depends on tourists who come to splash in the reservoir, which extends deep into Wyoming, or to fish and float the Green. Bill Weir, CNN, 18 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Milwaukee Brewers made a splash Monday afternoon by trading away three-time National League reliever of the year Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. Curt Hogg, Journal Sentinel, 1 Aug. 2022 These global brands made a splash in New York by going super-local. New York Times, 26 July 2022 Much of his recent energy has been devoted to his clothing line Bogey Boys, which has made a splash in the golf world since its 2021 debut. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 22 July 2022 Similarly, a search for Veronica’s Kitchen on TikTok shows that most of the top viral videos featuring the restaurant and its fufu were published in late 2021; very few videos featuring the restaurant seem to have made a splash in 2022. Maggie Hennessy, Bon Appétit, 25 July 2022 Snackle boxes picked up steam on social media last year and have made a splash this summer as people make their own. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 The singers made a splash last fall with their EP Savage – The 1st Mini Album, which blasted into the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, one of the highest entries for a K-pop girl group’s debut. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 30 June 2022 Australian skincare brand Sand & Sky has made a splash worldwide with its uncompromisingly clean and effective skincare. Katie Chang, Forbes, 7 June 2022 Steven Kwan made a splash with 15 hits in his first five big league games. Joe Noga, cleveland, 2 June 2022 See More

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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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splash across/over

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11 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for splash


\ 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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