- dashing 1801, "given to cutting a dash" (1786), which was a colloquial expression for "acting brilliantly," from DASH (Cf. dash) in the sense of "showy appearance," which is attested from 1715. The sense of "splashing" is recorded from mid-15c.
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Dashing — Dash ing, a. Bold; spirited; showy. [1913 Webster] The dashing and daring spirit is preferable to the listless. T. Campbell. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
dashing — smart, *stylish, fashionable, modish, chic … New Dictionary of Synonyms
dashing — [adj] bold, flamboyant adventurous, alert, animated, chic, dapper, daring, dazzling, debonair, elegant, exclusive, exuberant, fashionable, fearless, gallant, gay, jaunty, keen, lively, modish, plucky, rousing, showy, smart, spirited, sporty,… … New thesaurus
dashing — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excitingly attractive and stylish. DERIVATIVES dashingly adverb … English terms dictionary
dashing — [dash′iŋ] adj. 1. full of dash or spirit; bold and lively 2. showy; striking; stylish dashingly adv … English World dictionary
dashing — [[t]dæ̱ʃɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A dashing person or thing is very stylish and attractive. [OLD FASHIONED] He was the very model of the dashing RAF pilot... Two elegant Scotsmen travelling together wore dashing kilts at dinner … English dictionary
dashing — dashingly, adv. /dash ing/, adj. 1. energetic and spirited; lively: a dashing hero. 2. elegant and gallant in appearance and manner: a dashing young cavalry officer. 3. showy; stylish. [1800 05; DASH1 + ING2] * * * … Universalium
dashing — dash|ing [ˈdæʃıŋ] adj a man who is dashing wears nice clothes and is very attractive and confident ▪ a dashing young doctor >dashingly adv … Dictionary of contemporary English
dashing — adjective 1) a dashing pilot Syn: debonair, devil may care, raffish, sporty, spirited, lively, dazzling, energetic, animated, exuberant, flamboyant, dynamic, bold, intrepid, daring, adventurous, plucky … Thesaurus of popular words
dashing — adjective 1) a dashing pilot Syn: debonair, devil may care, raffish, flamboyant, swashbuckling 2) he looked very dashing Syn: stylish, smart, elegant, dapper, spruce, trim … Synonyms and antonyms dictionary