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swashbuckler

[swosh-buhk-ler, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lər, ˈswɔʃ-/
noun
1.
a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil.
Also, swasher.
Origin
1550-1560
1550-60; swash + buckler
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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."

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