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swashbuckling

[swosh-buhk-ling, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk lɪŋ, ˈswɔʃ-/
adjective
1.
characteristic of or behaving in the manner of a swashbuckler.
noun
2.
the activities, deeds, or adventures of a swashbuckler.
Also, swashbucklering.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; swashbuckl(er) + -ing2, -ing1

swashbuckle

[swosh-buhk-uh l, swawsh-] /ˈswɒʃˌbʌk əl, ˈswɔʃ-/
verb (used without object), swashbuckled, swashbuckling.
1.
to work, behave, or perform as a swashbuckler.
Origin
1895-1900; back formation from swashbuckler
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British Dictionary definitions for swashbuckling

swashbuckling

/ˈswɒʃˌbʌklɪŋ/
adjective (usually prenominal)
1.
of or characteristic of a swashbuckler
2.
(esp of films in period costume) full of adventure and excitement
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Word Origin and History for swashbuckling
adj.

1690s, adjective formed from swashbuckler.

swashbuckle

v.

1897, back-formation from swashbuckling.

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