Swashbuckler Swash"buc`kler, n. A bully or braggadocio; a swaggering, boastful fellow; a swaggerer. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • Swashbuckler — or swasher is a term that developed in the 16th century [ Oxford English Dictionary notes a first usage in 1560.] to describe rough, noisy and boastful swordsmen. It is based on a fighting style using a side sword with a buckler in the off hand,… …   Wikipedia

  • swashbuckler — 1550s, blustering, swaggering fighting man (earlier simply swash, 1540s), from swash fall of a blow (see SWASH (Cf. swash)) + BUCKLER (Cf. buckler) shield. The original sense seems to have been one who makes menacing noises by striking his or an… …   Etymology dictionary

  • swashbuckler — [swäshbuk΄lər, swôshbuk΄lər] n. [ SWASH + BUCKLER] a blustering, swaggering fighting man …   English World dictionary

  • swashbuckler — noun Etymology: 1swash + buckler Date: 1560 1. a swaggering or daring soldier or adventurer 2. a novel or drama dealing with a swashbuckler …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • swashbuckler — swashbuckling ► ADJECTIVE ▪ engaging in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance. DERIVATIVES swashbuckler noun …   English terms dictionary

  • swashbuckler — /swosh buk leuhr, swawsh /, n. a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil. Also, swasher. [1550 60; SWASH + BUCKLER] * * * …   Universalium

  • swashbuckler — noun a) A swordsman or fencer, that engages in showy or extravagant sword play. b) A daring adventurer …   Wiktionary

  • swashbuckler — Synonyms and related words: Herod, battler, belligerent, belted knight, bickerer, blade, blatherskite, bluff, bluffer, blusterer, braggart, bravo, brawler, bucko, bully, bullyboy, combatant, competitor, contender, contestant, disputant, duelist,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • swashbuckler — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. adventurer, daredevil; bully, swaggerer. See boasting, rashness. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. swaggerer, fighting man, adventurer, fencer, soldier of fortune, pirate, blusterer, daredevil …   English dictionary for students

  • swashbuckler — swɑʃbÊŒklÉ™(r) / swɒʃ n. reckless adventurer …   English contemporary dictionary

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