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swashbuckler

or swasher

[swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lər, ˈswɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil.
Origin of swashbuckler
1550-1560
1550-60; swash + buckler
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Examples from the Web for swashbuckler
Historical Examples
  • Open the door and get that swashbuckler out of the way in ten minutes when I may take my leave.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
  • And what was that swashbuckler Feraud doing there, he wondered.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • A swashbuckler, with lace falling over his slim white hand, and his hand always ready on his sword.

    Gigolo Edna Ferber
  • He was a swashbuckler whom Callot would have loved to paint.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • He has in him more of the swashbuckler and the bully than of the courtier and the cavalier.

  • Could they find a swashbuckler willing to assail the present incumbent?

    The Unwilling Vestal Edward Lucas White
  • The great military emperor was not a swashbuckler, and had little respect for tradition.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
  • The hand of every swashbuckler in the empire would be against him.

    Tales of Old Japan Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
  • "It is a chill night," commented Gonzaga presently, seating himself opposite his swashbuckler.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "Huh," thought the swashbuckler, "and it was about young Ainsleigh," and he stored this in his memory also.

    The Mandarin's Fan Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckler

swashbuckler

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

1550s, "blustering, swaggering fighting man" (earlier simply swash, 1540s), 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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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