- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of liquid) to fall noisily onto a surface Water splashed onto the floor. Rain splashed against the windows. Big tears ran down her cheeks and splashed onto the paper.
- 2[transitive] to make somebody/something wet by making water, mud, etc. fall on them/it splash something on/onto/over somebody/something He splashed cold water on his face. splash somebody/something with something He splashed his face with cold water. My clothes were splashed with mud. splash somebody/something Stop splashing me! Try not to splash the leaves when you water the plant.
- 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move through water making drops fly everywhere The kids were splashing through the puddles. People were having fun in the pool, swimming or just splashing around.
- 4[transitive] splash something with something [usually passive] to decorate something with areas of bright colour, not in a regular pattern The walls were splashed with patches of blue and purple. Word Origin early 18th cent. (as a verb): alteration of plash ‘a splashing sound’.Extra examples He was in his mid-forties, his hair liberally splashed with grey. Her clean clothes were all splashed with mud. Rain splashed against the window. She splashed some petrol onto the wood and set fire to it. She splashed some water onto the stain. She splashed some water over her boots to clean them. The baby was splashing happily in the bath. The children were splashing around in the river. The next day his exploits were splashed across the front page. They splashed through the puddles. splashing around in the sea Phrasal Verbssplash something across somethingsplash downsplash out (on something)
BrE BrE//splæʃ//; NAmE NAmE//splæʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they splash
BrE BrE//splæʃ//; NAmE NAmE//splæʃ//he / she / it splashes
BrE BrE//ˈsplæʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplæʃɪz//past simple splashed
BrE BrE//splæʃt//; NAmE NAmE//splæʃt//past participle splashed
BrE BrE//splæʃt//; NAmE NAmE//splæʃt//-ing form splashing
BrE BrE//ˈsplæʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsplæʃɪŋ//