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swash (n.)

1530s, "the fall of a heavy body or blow," probably imitative. It also meant "pig-wash, filth, wet refuse" (1520s) and may have been imitative of the sound of water dashing against solid objects. The meaning "a body of splashing water" is first found 1670s; that of "a dashing or splashing" is from 1847. Swash-letters (1883) are italic capitals with flourished projections.

swash (v.)

1580s, "spill or splash (water) about," 1530s, possibly from wash (v.) with an intensifying s-, or imitative of the sound of water dashing against solid objects. Related: Swashed; swashing.

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Definitions of swash from WordNet
1
swash (v.)
make violent, noisy movements;
swash (v.)
dash a liquid upon or against;
Synonyms: spatter / splatter / plash / splash / splosh
swash (v.)
show off;
Synonyms: boast / tout / shoot a line / brag / gas / blow / bluster / vaunt / gasconade
swash (v.)
act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner;
Synonyms: swagger / bluster
2
swash (n.)
the movement or sound of water;
the swash of waves on the beach
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