Definition of dashing in US English:



  • 1(of a man) attractive in a romantic, adventurous way.

    ‘a dashing pirate on the high seas’
    • ‘Are those historical romances in the Victorian / Regency age about dashing lords and young innocent debutants mere clones of each other?’
    • ‘She is firmly matched in Peter Bowles, a dashing man who carries the world in the furrow of his brow but who radiates genteel grace.’
    • ‘Aussie state cricket is bursting at the seams with dashing batsmen.’
    • ‘Then along came the man she thought she would be spending the rest of her life with, dashing Scottish laird Archie Stirling.’
    • ‘Audiences were also charmed by the elegance of the performers, often young unmarried dashing men.’
    • ‘He was a dashing fellow, I had to admit, even at 50 years of age.’
    • ‘AS ONE OF Scotland's most dashing aristocrats, Count Robin de la Lanne Mirrlees has led an action-packed life.’
    • ‘And Sarah Jessica Parker will never know as she's in Italy, probably meeting some dashing Italian count who will beg her for marriage and give her a condo and beautiful children.’
    • ‘At his age, Tony Curtis was the dashing hero of colourful romps such as The Prince Who Was A Thief and Son of Ali Baba.’
    • ‘And you'll look dashing at weddings or other events when the band strikes up.’
    • ‘I know I'm not the most handsome or dashing guy in the world, but I'm really nice and try my hardest when it comes to impressing a potential mating partner.’
    • ‘He is joined by first-timer Craig Emmanuel - an 18-year-old dashing opening batsman.’
    • ‘Now that my hair was wet, it sort of approximated the style I wanted - the dashing, modern and trendy middle aged man.’
    • ‘A dashing gentleman approached the lovely, dark-haired young woman standing alone by a pillar.’
    • ‘Monaco's most successful driver, at that time, was a man called Louis Chiron and he was very dashing.’
    • ‘I dreamed I was in a flowing gown, whisked away on a beautiful black steed, safely encompassed in the arms of a dashing stranger.’
    • ‘But, for some reason that I couldn't quite explain even if I tried, I didn't tell her about the dashing man I'd been speaking to.’
    • ‘I dumped the girl I didn't like (but in a sweet, dashing James Bond short-of-way).’
    • ‘His face was that of a dashing man, flawless in its complexion.’
    • ‘How many times had I had my hopes dashed by some handsome, dashing man?’
    debonair, jaunty, devil-may-care, breezy, raffish, sporty, stylish, dazzling, romantic, attractive, spirited, lively, buoyant, energetic, animated, exuberant, flamboyant, dynamic, gallant, bold, intrepid, daring, adventurous, venturesome, plucky, swashbuckling
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    1. 1.1 Stylish and fashionable.
      ‘a dashing S-type Jaguar’
      • ‘Calder, however, was at pains to pay tribute to Boroughmuir's dashing performance in conditions that varied between plain nasty and downright vicious.’
      • ‘No publisher ever felt it necessary to stick dashing images of Auden on his books.’
      • ‘In his fleece-lined leather flight suit and dashing silk scarf, Dad epitomized exuberant youth and boundless vitality.’
      • ‘Lucknow was consciously aiming to surpass the glories of Late Moghul Delhi and the Great Imambara shows it could do so with dashing panache.’
      • ‘I just have to keep reminding myself that anyone can wear a dashing black turban and eyepatch.’
      • ‘But what Chinese red is perfect for is trim and accent, those dashing color swaths that bring a room back to life.’
      • ‘There is a rare Puss-in-Boots, white mohair with a dashing felt feather hat and ruff, black boots, yellow sash and steel sword.’
      • ‘The funniest and most dashing idea seems to be the ‘family cus-cus weekend’ which will take place in August.’
      stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed
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