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Origin and Meaning of Dash

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  • According to a user from Virginia, United States, the name Dash means "Spirited warrior".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Dash
  1. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against."If you dash a stone against a stone in the botton of the water, it maketh a sound." [Bacon.]
  2. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin."Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." [Ps. ii. 9.]"A brave vessel, . . . Dashed all to pieces." [Shak.]"To perplex and dash Maturest counsels." [Milton.]
  3. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress." Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car." [Pope.]
  4. To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there; as, to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture. "I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications." [Addison.]"The very source and fount of day Is dashed with wandering isles of night." [Tennyson.]
  5. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  6. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.

Etymology: Of. Scand. origin; cf. Dan daske to beat, strike, Sw. & Icel. daska, Dan. & Sw. dask blow

verb Dash
To rush with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
noun Dash
  1. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
  2. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash .
  3. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple. "Innocence when it has in it a dash of folly." [Addison.]
  4. A rapid movement, esp. one of short duration; a quick stroke or blow; a sudden onset or rush; as, a bold dash at the enemy; a dash of rain. "She takes upon her bravely at first dash." [Shak.]
  5. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash .(Low)
  7. [Punctuation] A mark or line [--], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment. Dashes are also sometimes used instead of marks or parenthesis.
  8. [Mus]
    1. The sign of staccato, a small mark [�] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner.
    2. The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
  9. [Racing] A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A quick run
  2. The act of moving with great haste ("he made a dash for the door")
  3. Distinctive and stylish elegance ("he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer")
  4. The longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
  5. A punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  6. A footrace run at top speed ("he is preparing for the 100-yard dash")
  7. Add an enlivening or altering element to ("blue paint dashed with white")
  8. Break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
  9. Hurl or thrust violently ("He dashed the plate against the wall" and "Waves were dashing against the rock")
  10. Cause to lose courage ("dashed by the refusal")
  11. Run or move very quickly or hastily ("She dashed into the yard")
  12. Destroy or break ("dashed ambitions and hopes")
  1. A male given name

Notable Persons Named Dash

Dash Mihok is an actor. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Dash was given the name Dashiell Raymond Mihok on May 24th, 1974 in United States.


Dash was born on May 17th, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Dash Snow was an artist in the fields of collage, photography, and installation art. Dash was born on July 27th, 1981 in New York. He left this life on July 13th, 2009.


Dash was born on August 24th, 1988 in Sendai.


Dash Shaw is a comics creator.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dash

Stacey Dash is an actor, fox news channel, actress, and fox news contributor. She was most prominent from 1982 to present. Stacey was given the name Stacey Lauretta Dash on January 20th, 1966 in The Bronx, New York, United States.


Damon Dash is an actor, entrepreneurship, executive producer, and entrepreneur. He was most prominent from 1990 to present. Damon was born on May 3rd, 1971 in New York City.


Da$H is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, and model (people). He has been prominent since 2010. Da$H was given the name Darien Dash on July 21st, 1992 in Hackensack, New Jersey. Da$H is also known as Dash and Darien.


Roscoe Dash is a hip hop music rapper, singer, songwriter, rapping, and singing. He has been prominent since 2009. Roscoe was given the name Jeffrey Lee Johnson, Jr. on April 2nd, 1990 in Atlanta. Roscoe is also known as Roscoe Dash.


Julie Dash is a film director, producer, screenwriter, and writer. She was most prominent from 1973 to present. Julie was born on October 22nd, 1952 in New York City, U.S.


Anil Dash is a director and expert labs. Anil was born on September 5th, 1975.


How popular is the baby name Dash in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1984 6 0 6
1988 8 0 8
1989 5 0 5
1992 5 0 5
1999 8 0 8
2000 8 0 8
2001 8 0 8
2002 6 0 6
2003 8 0 8
2004 7 0 7
2005 35 0 35
2006 45 0 45
2007 49 0 49
2008 73 0 73
2009 81 0 81
2010 123 0 123
2011 141 6 135
2012 146 0 146
2013 158 0 158
2014 228 5 223
2015 324 14 310
2016 319 13 306
2017 322 5 317

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dash U.S.
  White 43.50% 64.26%
  African American 34.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 14.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.66% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dash

People with the last name Dash are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Dash

  • How Popular is the name Dash? Dash is the 6,541st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dash was the 8,599th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dash have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,113 babies born with the first name Dash in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dash to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dash? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1984 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Dash first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dash is Thursday, July 17th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Dash born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dash was in 2017 with a total of 317 babies.
  • Random Dash Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dash is not a popular baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 10 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Dash: Your name in reverse order is Hsad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahds. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dash? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,828 people with the last name Dash.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dash? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Dash as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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