splash

A splash is a tiny amount of a liquid. You might, for example, prefer your coffee with just a splash of cream.

A splash can be wet, like a splash of lemonade in your tea, or it can be bright, like a splash of yellow across the oil painting you're working on. You can also use splash as a verb, as when you splash your sunbathing brother with swimming pool water. Splash first appeared in the early 1800's as a variation on the word plash, which had the same meanings and is most likely imitative — in other words, it sounds like its meaning.

Primary Meanings of splash

1.
vn
cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force
the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface
2.
v
walk through mud or mire
3.
n
a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event
4.
n
a small quantity of something moist or liquid
Full Definitions of splash
1

v cause (a liquid) to spatter about, especially with force

“She splashed the water around her”
Synonyms:
splosh, sprinkle
Types:
salt
sprinkle as if with salt
drizzle, moisten
moisten with fine drops
Type of:
disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
distribute loosely

v dash a liquid upon or against

“The mother splashed the baby's face with water”
Synonyms:
plash, spatter, splatter, splosh, swash
Types:
puddle
make a puddle by splashing water
slosh, slosh around, slush, slush around
spill or splash copiously or clumsily
Type of:
disperse, dot, dust, scatter, sprinkle
distribute loosely

v strike and dash about in a liquid

“The boys splashed around in the pool”
Types:
swatter
splash and flutter about in or as if in water

v make a splashing sound

“water was splashing on the floor”
Synonyms:
slosh, slush, splosh
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v mark or overlay with patches of contrasting color or texture; cause to appear splashed or spattered

“The mountain was splashed with snow”
Type of:
cover, overlay
put something on top of something else

v soil or stain with a splashed liquid

Type of:
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
make soiled, filthy, or dirty

n the act of splashing a (liquid) substance on a surface

Synonyms:
spatter, spattering, splashing, splattering
Type of:
painting
the act of applying paint to a surface

n the act of scattering water about haphazardly

Synonyms:
splashing
Type of:
wetting
the act of making something wet

n the sound like water splashing

Synonyms:
plash
Types:
splat
a single splash
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
2

v walk through mud or mire

Synonyms:
slop, slosh, splosh, squelch, squish
Type of:
footslog, pad, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
3

n a prominent or sensational but short-lived news event

“he made a great splash and then disappeared”
Synonyms:
stir
Type of:
commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
a disorderly outburst or tumult
4

n a small quantity of something moist or liquid

“just a splash of whiskey”
Synonyms:
dab, splatter
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a patch of bright color

“her red hat gave her outfit a splash of color”
Type of:
dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
a small contrasting part of something

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