Definition of dashing in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdaSHiNG/ /ˈdæʃɪŋ/

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  • 1Attractive, adventurous, and full of confidence (typically used of a man)

    ‘a dashing pirate on the high seas’
    • ‘Audiences were also charmed by the elegance of the performers, often young unmarried dashing men.’
    • ‘Are those historical romances in the Victorian / Regency age about dashing lords and young innocent debutants mere clones of each other?’
    • ‘A dashing gentleman approached the lovely, dark-haired young woman standing alone by a pillar.’
    • ‘I know I'm not the most handsome or dashing guy in the world, but I'm really nice and try my hardest when it comes to impressing a potential mating partner.’
    • ‘But, for some reason that I couldn't quite explain even if I tried, I didn't tell her about the dashing man I'd been speaking to.’
    • ‘He was a dashing fellow, I had to admit, even at 50 years of age.’
    • ‘His face was that of a dashing man, flawless in its complexion.’
    • ‘She is firmly matched in Peter Bowles, a dashing man who carries the world in the furrow of his brow but who radiates genteel grace.’
    • ‘How many times had I had my hopes dashed by some handsome, dashing man?’
    • ‘Monaco's most successful driver, at that time, was a man called Louis Chiron and he was very dashing.’
    • ‘Aussie state cricket is bursting at the seams with dashing batsmen.’
    • ‘Then along came the man she thought she would be spending the rest of her life with, dashing Scottish laird Archie Stirling.’
    • ‘He is joined by first-timer Craig Emmanuel - an 18-year-old dashing opening batsman.’
    • ‘AS ONE OF Scotland's most dashing aristocrats, Count Robin de la Lanne Mirrlees has led an action-packed life.’
    • ‘And Sarah Jessica Parker will never know as she's in Italy, probably meeting some dashing Italian count who will beg her for marriage and give her a condo and beautiful children.’
    • ‘And you'll look dashing at weddings or other events when the band strikes up.’
    • ‘I dumped the girl I didn't like (but in a sweet, dashing James Bond short-of-way).’
    • ‘Now that my hair was wet, it sort of approximated the style I wanted - the dashing, modern and trendy middle aged man.’
    • ‘At his age, Tony Curtis was the dashing hero of colourful romps such as The Prince Who Was A Thief and Son of Ali Baba.’
    • ‘I dreamed I was in a flowing gown, whisked away on a beautiful black steed, safely encompassed in the arms of a dashing stranger.’
    debonair, jaunty, devil-may-care, breezy, raffish, sporty, stylish, dazzling, romantic, attractive, spirited, lively, buoyant, energetic, animated, exuberant, flamboyant, dynamic, gallant, bold, intrepid, daring, adventurous, venturesome, plucky, swashbuckling
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    1. 1.1Stylish and fashionable.
      ‘a dashing S-type Jaguar’
      • ‘I just have to keep reminding myself that anyone can wear a dashing black turban and eyepatch.’
      • ‘There is a rare Puss-in-Boots, white mohair with a dashing felt feather hat and ruff, black boots, yellow sash and steel sword.’
      • ‘But what Chinese red is perfect for is trim and accent, those dashing color swaths that bring a room back to life.’
      • ‘Calder, however, was at pains to pay tribute to Boroughmuir's dashing performance in conditions that varied between plain nasty and downright vicious.’
      • ‘Lucknow was consciously aiming to surpass the glories of Late Moghul Delhi and the Great Imambara shows it could do so with dashing panache.’
      • ‘No publisher ever felt it necessary to stick dashing images of Auden on his books.’
      • ‘The funniest and most dashing idea seems to be the ‘family cus-cus weekend’ which will take place in August.’
      • ‘In his fleece-lined leather flight suit and dashing silk scarf, Dad epitomized exuberant youth and boundless vitality.’
      stylish, smart, elegant, chic, crisp, dapper, spruce, trim, debonair, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, smartly dressed
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