One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
no object , with adverbial of direction Make a soft splashing sound as one moves.‘he sploshed across the road’
spot, mark, stain, dot, speckle, bespeckle, freckle, stipple, stud, bestud, blotch, mottle, smudge, streak, splash, spatter, bespatter, scatter, sprinkleView synonyms
- ‘She stomped out into the mud, splishing and sploshing.’
- ‘Vice slipped his hood on and stared down at his feet sploshing in muddy puddles.’
- ‘And, next I knew, he was donning his outdoor boots and slipping out of the door to carry out a wild summer night dance, sploshing along a crunchy path of snails and over a slimy carpet of slugs.’
- ‘For the best chance of sport pick a balmy night and fish long into the early hours when the biggest fish can be heard sploshing in the darkness.’
1A soft splashing sound.‘a quiet splosh’
- ‘A tear slowly fell from my face and landed splosh onto the picture.’
- ‘And if I ever fall off a cliff it will be a cry of ‘aieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee’ before the inevitable splosh or splat.’
- ‘I just barely managed to throw my mother the phone when the previously eaten food made its bid for freedom and escaped in a loud gushing, splosh.’
- ‘One minute you are on a pleasant nature ramble, and the next - splosh!’
- ‘And then you surface with a splosh and for a few brief seconds, everything's still blurry as you blink the water from your eyes.’
- ‘Soon we'll be mooring up in a secluded creek where we'll drink champagne to the soothing sounds of water clucking against boat and the occasional splosh of a jumping fish.’
- ‘Another tear dropped into the water with a splosh.’
- 1.1 A splash of liquid.‘sploshes of wine’
spot, blob, dab, daub, smudge, smear, speck, speckle, fleck, patch, popView synonyms
- ‘A blue worm threading its way through sploshes of paint leaves me cold.’
- ‘Okay, so I survive on instant with a splosh of semi-skimmed and a chemical sweetener, but I'm sure I would appreciate the finer qualities of real coffee if only someone would come round to my house every hour on the hour and make me a cup.’
- ‘Add the stock and two or three sploshes of Worcester Sauce, mixing all the while, bring to a gentle boil, and cook until the sauce begins to reduce.’
- ‘Undeterred by the stubborn green tomatoes, Samuel has chopped them into chunks and fried them in oil, garlic and chillies with a splosh of sweet Spanish vinegar.’
Mid 19th century: imitative.
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