[swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh-]
a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil.
Also, swasher.

1550–60; swash + buckler

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swashbuckler (ˈswɒʃˌbʌklə)
1.  a swaggering or flamboyant adventurer
2.  a film, book, play, etc, depicting excitement and adventure, esp in a historical setting
[C16: from swash (in the archaic sense: to make the noise of a sword striking a shield) + buckler]

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Word Origin & History

1560, "blustering, swaggering fighting man" (earlier simply swash, 1549), from swash "fall of a blow" (see swash) + buckler "shield." The original sense seems to have been "one who makes menacing noises by striking his or an opponent's shield." Swashbuckling (adj.) is attested from 1693.
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Over the course of the trilogy, he grows into a worldly swashbuckler.
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