Definition of swashbuckler in English:

swashbuckler

noun

  • A swashbuckling person.

    • ‘Hamlet was a swashbuckler, a mass-murderer, bragging about killing Poles, killing a minister behind a cloak, without even knowing quite who was there.’
    • ‘A true swashbuckler like this only comes along once every hundred years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an opportunity to fulfil a boyhood fantasy to mix it with swashbucklers.’
    • ‘The cover had the classic image of a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looked like a swashbuckler fresh out of a living faerie tale, she thought.’
    • ‘O'Hearn plays the lead, a swashbuckler named Kane.’
    • ‘A dashing swashbuckler of love, loss, and revenge in the midst of a plot to hide a conspiracy involving Napoleon's return to power.’
    • ‘Marvin blocked her way, his legs spread out and his hands at his hips like a nerdy swashbuckler wannabe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He dreamt that he was a brave and noble swashbuckler, swinging from chandelier to chandelier as he dueled with his foes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A ballsy swashbuckler on camera, who did all her own stunts, O'Hara was totally submissive in her personal life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No doubt about it, Sir Christopher was a swashbuckler, perhaps the biggest British business ever produced.’
    • ‘A picaresque novel with postmodern flourishes, the sinfully entertaining Zorro is serious fiction masked as a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘I've learned history, mathematics, science, how to steer and ship and how to be a swashbuckler.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    daredevil, seeker of adventures, hero, heroine, knight errant, crusader, venturer, traveller, voyager, wanderer
    madcap, hothead, adventurer, exhibitionist
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from swash + buckler.

Pronunciation