splash

1 of 2

verb

splashed; splashing; splashes

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a(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

1
a(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
2
a
: to cause (a liquid or thinly viscous substance) to spatter about especially with force
b
: to scatter in the manner of a splashed liquid
splasher noun

splash

2 of 2

noun

1
a(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
2
a
: 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
4
a
: a vivid impression created especially by ostentatious activity or appearance
b
: ostentatious display
5
: a small amount : sprinkling

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
If the wine has all evaporated away, splash some water into the pan to make a simple gravy. Carole Kotkin, Miami Herald, 10 June 2024 Private Pool: As the water caresses every curve, let each splash echo the intensity of your connection. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 6 June 2024
Noun
Trying to make a big splash will hinder your ability to convince others of your sincerity and deter you from gaining support. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 Moana 2 splashes into theaters Nov. 27, while the live-action Moana film is slated for theatrical release on July 10, 2026. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for splash 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

alteration of plash

First Known Use

Verb

1709, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(2)

Noun

1736, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Time Traveler
The first known use of splash was in 1709

Dictionary Entries Near splash

Cite this Entry

“Splash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splash. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

splash

1 of 2 verb
1
a
: to cause (something liquid or sloppy) to move and scatter roughly
splash water
b
: to wet, soil, or stain by spattering with something liquid or sloppy
splashed by a passing car
2
: to move or strike with a splashing sound
splash through a puddle
a brook splashing over rocks
3
: to spread or scatter like a splashed liquid
the sunset splashed the sky with red
splasher noun

splash

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: splashed material
b
: a spot or smear from or as if from splashed liquid
2
: the sound or action of splashing

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