Definition of swashbuckle in English:



  • Engage in daring and romantic adventures with ostentatious bravado or flamboyance.

    ‘a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers’
    • ‘They were the bravest, most swashbuckling team of the tournament.’
    • ‘The yo-ho-ho swashbuckling in the film drew comparisons with Errol Flynn, but Bloom's territory is not raffish seduction.’
    • ‘Police are once more issuing tickets and those using the nation's roads for daredevil or swashbuckling adventures can get in on the action.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brave at the back, brilliant in midfield, swashbuckling up front, Laois may not be the finished article yet.’
    • ‘Later, in Drogheda, it's Charlie who leads the charge on the canvas, with a walkabout that can only be described as swashbuckling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Legend of Zorro is just like Indiana Jones, old Batman movies or any other movie featuring cheesy fighting or swashbuckling.’
    • ‘Away from the theatre Tim is the senior coach at Carlow Fencing Club and he is looking forward to other theatrical swashbuckling engagements.’
    • ‘For younger visitors, swashbuckling pirates will be hand to entertain, along with magicians, face paintings, musicians and much more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I realize in reading this that this sounds as if I swashbuckle around winning arguments left and right.’
    • ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood is one of the truly great swashbuckling adventure films.’
    • ‘There's something kind of romantic about it all, a swashbuckling director.’
    • ‘The look may suggest dilettante, cavalier and swashbuckling and that is partly his style with bat in hand, but he is cussed and determined.’
    • ‘Well, he was very tall and strong and swashbuckling with a big black moustache curled up in a spiral at each end.’
    • ‘Eventually he joins the buccaneer William Dampier and they swashbuckle around the Pacific.’
    • ‘If Jayasuriya's innings was exciting though, Muttiah Muralitharan's stay was swashbuckling in comparison.’
    • ‘Aimed at a teenage audience, it will be swashbuckling without the floppy hats and feathers say the makers.’
    • ‘All the villains are villainous, the damsels worthy of long low wolf whistles, the heroes swashbuckling.’
    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.