from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A covering for the legs, used to protect the stockings, trousers, etc., from mud and wear.


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  • Then suddenly the deep - colored walls sparkle with wavelets, leaves and spatterdash strokes, and everyone feels at home.

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  • He was a faithful, affectionate, simple soul as ever trudged after the heels of a philosopher; and notwithstanding his talents of drum-beating and spatterdash making, which, though very good in themselves, happened to be of no great service to me, yet was I hourly recompensed by the festivity of his temper -- it supplied all defects.

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  • Nothing at all, your honour, unless now and then we happen to fling a cartridge into the kitchen fire, or put a spatterdash or so into the soup; and sometimes Ned drums up and down stairs a little of a night.

    St. Patrick's day, or, the scheming lieutenant : a farce in one act


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  • spatterdashes -- nearly as fun to wear as they are to say.

    July 22, 2008

  • Wow. Wow. We were just talking about these this weekend, when I didn't have access to Wordie. Thanks for adding this!

    July 22, 2008

  • Never realized that spat (with this definition) is an apocope. Thanks, b!

    July 22, 2008

  • Iā€™m skeptical of attempts to introduce novel punctuation marks, but if someone comes up with a spatterdash, the name alone might sway me.

    September 18, 2011

  • "...I was, by hunger and hard duty, brought down to the meagre condition of my fellow-soldiers, and my linen reduced from three tolerable shirts to two pair of sleeves and necks, the bodies having been long ago converted into spatterdaches..."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 28, 2014