- splash1 [splæʃ] v[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: plash 'to splash' (16-19 centuries), perhaps from Dutch plassen]1.)if a liquid splashes, it hits or falls on something and makes a noisesplash against/on/over▪ The ocean splashed against the pier.2.) [T always + adverb/preposition]to make someone or something wet with a lot of small drops of water or other liquidsplash sth on/over/with etc sth▪ He splashed cold water on his face.3.) [I] [i]also splash about/aroundto make water fly up in the air with a loud noise by hitting it or by moving around in it▪ The children were splashing about in the pool.splash through▪ She ran up the drive, splashing through the puddles.4.) [T] informalif a newspaper or television programme splashes a story or picture on the page or screen, it makes it large and easy to noticesplash across/over▪ The gunman's picture was splashed across the front page.splash out (sth) [splash out (sth)] phr vto spend a lot of money on somethingsplash out (something) on▪ We splashed out on a new kitchen.▪ Last year Roberts splashed out more than £1 million to buy a new home.splash 2splash2 n1.)the sound of a liquid hitting something or being moved around quickly▪ Rachel fell into the river with a loud splash.2.)a mark made by a liquid splashing onto something elsesplash of▪ There were splashes of paint all over my clothes.3.) splash of coloura small area of bright colour4.) make a splash informalto do something that gets a lot of public attention▪ Russell's new show made a big splash in New York.5.) [singular]a small amount of liquid added to a drinksplash of▪ a cup of coffee with a splash of brandy
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.