from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Audacious and gallant; spirited.
  • adj. Marked by showy elegance; splendid: a dashing coat. See Synonyms at fashionable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Spirited, audacious and full of high spirits.
  • adj. Chic, fashionable.
  • v. Present participle of dash.
  • n. The action of the verb to dash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Bold; spirited; showy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Performed with or at a dash; impetuous; spirited: as, a dashing charge.
  • Showy; brilliant: as, a dashing fellow.
  • Ostentatious; bold; dashy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lively and spirited
  • adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners


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