Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Watery, wet, waterlogged.
  • adj. Marked by flecks of colour, as if plashed with paint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Watery; abounding with puddles; splashy.
  • adj. Specked, as if plashed with color.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Watery; abounding with puddles; full of puddles; wet; moist.
  • Speckled as if plashed or splashed with coloring liquid.

Etymologies

plash +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The chariot had not many minutes got into the great road again, over the like rough and sometimes plashy ground, when it stopt on a dispute between the coachman, and the coachman of another chariot-and-six, as it proved.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • * If not, there can be no other way to escape (if one would) unless by the plashy lane, so full of springs, by which your servant reaches the solitary wood house; to which lane one must descend from a high bank, that bounds the poultry yard.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Away went these upon their errand to the sea, and then came back the grating roar and plashy jerks of launching, the plunging, and the gurgling, and the quiet murmur of cleft waves.

    Mary Anerley

  • They had, on one hand or the other as they turned, the long, straight, deep dike which had been cut at right angles to the Middle Wash; and around, the fields were flat, plashy, and heavy-looking with the mud of February.

    John Caldigate

  • They found it a plashy, swampy place, prolific in mangroves and true ferns, with here and there a cultivated patch.

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • To reach the station Kobi, we still had to descend about five versts, across ice-covered rocks and plashy snow.

    A Hero of Our Time

  • But he leaped across the plashy places, thrust himself through the clinging underbush, climbed the ascent, plunged into the hollow, and overcame, in short, all the difficulties of the track, with an unweariable activity that astonished him.

    The Scarlet Letter

  • The hotel lodged in the "complex" is plashy with fake waterfalls — three fountains in a coin.

    Dead Heat Dumb-Out

  • And so the two in high glee started behind old Dobbin, and jogged along the deep-rutted plashy roads, which had not been mended after their winter's wear, towards the dwelling of the wizard.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • Most unwisely we had neglected to take a meal before starting, not expecting the district to be so plashy and unwholesome as it proved to be.

    Byeways in Palestine

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  • Oh! It had never occured to me! Did Waugh go in for that sort of wordplay?

    December 24, 2008

  • Ahhhh. I've only just got that.

    December 24, 2008

  • "Plashy fen" being a spoonerism of "flashy pen".

    December 24, 2008

  • "He's supposed to have a particularly high-class style: 'Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole' ... would that be it?"
    "Yes," said the Managing Editor. "That must be good style."
    -- Scoop

    December 24, 2008

  • plashy fen features as semi-purple prose in a newspaper column by an amateur naturalist, the unwilling protagonist of Evelyn Waugh's darkly comic ''Scoop''

    December 23, 2008

  • "They had reached the plashy bottom, and a snipe got up with its usual cry, corkscrewing away at a tremendous pace."
    --P. O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral, 31

    March 19, 2008