Definition of swashbuckler in English:



  • 1A swashbuckling person.

    ‘he was an explorer and something of a swashbuckler’
    • ‘He looked like a swashbuckler fresh out of a living faerie tale, she thought.’
    • ‘Success meant getting Oracle founder and CEO Ellison, a man who has cultivated a public image as a swashbuckler - flying a fighter jet and racing yachts - to buy into the concept.’
    • ‘O'Hearn plays the lead, a swashbuckler named Kane.’
    • ‘Hamlet was a swashbuckler, a mass-murderer, bragging about killing Poles, killing a minister behind a cloak, without even knowing quite who was there.’
    • ‘I've learned history, mathematics, science, how to steer and ship and how to be a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘A true swashbuckler like this only comes along once every hundred years.’
    • ‘No doubt about it, Sir Christopher was a swashbuckler, perhaps the biggest British business ever produced.’
    • ‘In a time obsessed with figures and analyses he slashes away upon the field like an old-fashioned swashbuckler tackling pirates in some seafaring epic.’
    • ‘A ballsy swashbuckler on camera, who did all her own stunts, O'Hara was totally submissive in her personal life.’
    • ‘The graphs of annual tomato production held no interest for this one-eyed swashbuckler with the concentration span of a gnat and the heart of a desert lion.’
    • ‘It was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood fantasy to mix it with swashbucklers.’
    • ‘He embodies what remains the rather sad refrain of many swashbucklers in the Valley: a technologist who achieves success but alienates himself from the thrill of invention and love of family.’
    • ‘As for the rest of us, the latest installment to the Zorro story is a complete flop if not for the fact that it wields that beloved swashbuckler.’
    • ‘A dashing swashbuckler of love, loss, and revenge in the midst of a plot to hide a conspiracy involving Napoleon's return to power.’
    • ‘But there is something very romantic about the notion of the pirate that remains to this day: The skill of two swashbucklers battling on the deck of a ship, the hunt for buried treasure and the thrill of lawlessness.’
    • ‘Over the years, Fleitz earned a reputation as Bolton's chief enforcer, a swashbuckler willing to go the extra mile to make the intel fit the desired policy - even if it meant knocking a few heads.’
    • ‘He dreamt that he was a brave and noble swashbuckler, swinging from chandelier to chandelier as he dueled with his foes.’
    • ‘A picaresque novel with postmodern flourishes, the sinfully entertaining Zorro is serious fiction masked as a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘The cover had the classic image of a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘Marvin blocked her way, his legs spread out and his hands at his hips like a nerdy swashbuckler wannabe.’
    daredevil, seeker of adventures, hero, heroine, knight errant, crusader, venturer, traveller, voyager, wanderer
    madcap, hothead, adventurer, exhibitionist
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    1. 1.1 A film or book portraying a swashbuckling person.
      ‘two swashbucklers featuring kilted warriors are due to fill cinemas this year’
      • ‘A blunt swashbuckler salvaged only by Tim Roth's wonderfully loathsome villain.’
      • ‘The film is Robin Hood with Errol Flynn - a real swashbuckler.’
      • ‘So if you're looking for a good swashbuckler type of film, go and get The Adventures of Robin Hood or Captain Blood.’
      • ‘If only because it's shorter, however, the decent effort that is The Count of Monte Crisco is a better swashbuckler than Brotherhood.’
      • ‘Screenwriters, past and present, with occasional exceptions, are the true for-hire workers in film: a swashbuckler one time, a weepy the next, and who-knows-what to follow.’
      • ‘His films were parodies of other films done once too often - the swashbuckler, the western, the spy thriller.’
      • ‘While Kurosawa is known mostly for his historically accurate, minutely observed period pieces and swashbucklers, Ozu sought drama in the simple rhythms of life in the modern Japanese family.’
      • ‘Finally, the amount of sexual innuendo in this film is quite interesting, considering the time in which it was made and the probable intended audience for a Zorro swashbuckler.’
      • ‘Where The Count of Monte Cristo is a nod to the steadfast Errol Flynn swashbuckler, Brotherhood subverts all period conventions with kickboxing Indians and the Pope's team of highly trained assassin babes.’
      • ‘As an adaptation of sorts, Ivanhoe was disappointing in its shortcomings; as a swashbuckler series it was bold, striking and distinctly enjoyable.’
      • ‘While our affection for swashbucklers may have dwindled however, it seems Hollywood producers, and indeed stars, still have a curious fondness for tales of adventure on the high seas.’
      • ‘You'd think that this story would be a cinch to pull off for the king of the swashbucklers, but Niblo's direction is so unimaginative that it was all I could do to stay awake.’
      • ‘This swashbuckler of a movie on board the HMS Surprise in 1805 is set in a time when men were men and women were pretty much out of the picture.’
      • ‘A real Errol Flynn swashbuckler, this game is a water-bound escapade stuffed with sword fights, ship battles and a governor's daughter to woo in every port.’
      • ‘Also included on the disc is a trailer for Ivanhoe, as well trailers for two other swashbucklers from the same period, Knights of the Round Table and Scaramouche.’
      • ‘The question is not whether they will be toppled, but why it requires an inflated running time of more than two hours for the swashbuckler to get the job done.’
      • ‘Like the western, the old-fashioned swashbuckler is a lost cinematic art.’
      • ‘The actor brings an emotional depth not usually associated with swashbucklers of this nature, helping to turn Reynolds' movie into the intriguing couple of hours that it is.’
      • ‘The producers believe that the time is right to deliver audiences another sea-based swashbuckler, and cite the success of Errol Flynn's Captain Blood, and Marlon Brando's Mutiny on the Bounty as influences.’
      • ‘Essentially the movie is a blueprint for every swashbuckler that was to follow.’


Mid 16th century: from swash + buckler.