Definition of swashbuckle in US English:



[no object]usually as adjective swashbuckling
  • Engage in daring and romantic adventures with ostentatious bravado or flamboyance.

    ‘a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers’
    • ‘Later, in Drogheda, it's Charlie who leads the charge on the canvas, with a walkabout that can only be described as swashbuckling.’
    • ‘The look may suggest dilettante, cavalier and swashbuckling and that is partly his style with bat in hand, but he is cussed and determined.’
    • ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood is one of the truly great swashbuckling adventure films.’
    • ‘Brave at the back, brilliant in midfield, swashbuckling up front, Laois may not be the finished article yet.’
    • ‘I realize in reading this that this sounds as if I swashbuckle around winning arguments left and right.’
    • ‘All the villains are villainous, the damsels worthy of long low wolf whistles, the heroes swashbuckling.’
    • ‘There's something kind of romantic about it all, a swashbuckling director.’
    • ‘For younger visitors, swashbuckling pirates will be hand to entertain, along with magicians, face paintings, musicians and much more.’
    • ‘Aimed at a teenage audience, it will be swashbuckling without the floppy hats and feathers say the makers.’
    • ‘Eventually he joins the buccaneer William Dampier and they swashbuckle around the Pacific.’
    • ‘They were the bravest, most swashbuckling team of the tournament.’
    • ‘Much of the music has a seafaring tone to it, with a touch of the heroic, swashbuckling fare you would find from a pirate movie.’
    • ‘The yo-ho-ho swashbuckling in the film drew comparisons with Errol Flynn, but Bloom's territory is not raffish seduction.’
    • ‘If Jayasuriya's innings was exciting though, Muttiah Muralitharan's stay was swashbuckling in comparison.’
    • ‘Nicholas's swashbuckling brand of Christian charity led him to another famous adventure when he heard that three innocent men were about to be beheaded.’
    • ‘Well, he was very tall and strong and swashbuckling with a big black moustache curled up in a spiral at each end.’
    • ‘And it is with that swashbuckle that they will travel the long way to Tipperary, cockleshell heroes to a man, deep in culchie country, to take on the rather flawed frigate manned by the current Kingdom crew.’
    • ‘The Legend of Zorro is just like Indiana Jones, old Batman movies or any other movie featuring cheesy fighting or swashbuckling.’
    • ‘Police are once more issuing tickets and those using the nation's roads for daredevil or swashbuckling adventures can get in on the action.’
    • ‘Away from the theatre Tim is the senior coach at Carlow Fencing Club and he is looking forward to other theatrical swashbuckling engagements.’
    daring, romantic, heroic, daredevil, swaggering, dashing, adventurous, rakish, bold, valiant, valorous, fearless, lionhearted, stout-hearted, dauntless, doughty, devil-may-care, gallant, chivalrous, dazzling, macho, ostentatious
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Late 19th century: back-formation from swashbuckler.