Etymology
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splash (v.)

1715 (intransitive); 1722 (transitive), probably an alteration of plash with an intensive s-. Related: Splashed; splashing. Splash-board attested from 1826. Splash-down (n.) in the spacecraft sense is attested from 1961.

splash (n.)

1736, "water or liquid thrown upon anything," from splash (v.). Meaning "striking or ostentatious display" is first attested 1804. Sense of "small quantity of soda water, etc., added to a drink" is from 1922. Of color or light, 1832.

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Definitions of splash
1
splash (v.)
cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force;
She splashed the water around her
Synonyms: sprinkle / splosh
splash (v.)
walk through mud or mire;
Synonyms: squelch / squish / splosh / slosh / slop
splash (v.)
dash a liquid upon or against;
The mother splashed the baby's face with water
Synonyms: spatter / splatter / plash / splosh / swash
splash (v.)
mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered;
The mountain was splashed with snow
splash (v.)
make a splashing sound;
water was splashing on the floor
Synonyms: splosh / slosh / slush
splash (v.)
soil or stain with a splashed liquid;
splash (v.)
strike and dash about in a liquid;
The boys splashed around in the pool
2
splash (n.)
the sound like water splashing;
Synonyms: plash
splash (n.)
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event;
he made a great splash and then disappeared
Synonyms: stir
splash (n.)
a small quantity of something moist or liquid;
just a splash of whiskey
Synonyms: dab / splatter
splash (n.)
a patch of bright color;
her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color
splash (n.)
the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface;
Synonyms: spatter / spattering / splashing / splattering
splash (n.)
the act of scattering water about haphazardly;
Synonyms: splashing
From wordnet.princeton.edu