swashbuckler definition by Webster's New World
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a blustering, swaggering fighting man
Origin: swash plush buckler
swashbuckler definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A flamboyant swordsman or adventurer.
- A sword-wielding ruffian or bully.
- A dramatic or literary work dealing with a swashbuckler.
Origin: Probably from the striking of bucklers in fighting.