It swishes fast round gravelly bends into large eddying pools where in their season the salmon and peal lie.
I beat the air with my stick, and it says "hoo" as it swishes; whenever I think I deserve it, I sit down and give myself food.
(She swishes her huntingcrop savagely in the air) Take down his trousers without loss of time.
Swish′er, one who swishes or flogs; Swish′-swash, a swishing action or sound: a washy drink.
The doctor himself gave the signal to start, and at the word they darted with two “swishes” into the water.
The branches make an armchair far back against the trunk, and that glossy foliage, always cool, swishes like waves at low tide.
When an elephant plucks off a branch and swishes his flanks, and thus keeps away insects, he is using a tool.
The swishes became more frequent, the returnings almost doubling on their track.
Besides the rabbits we find all sorts of other charming things in the long grass that swishes so happily round our ankles.
1756, probably imitative of the sound made by something brushing against or through something. Related: Swished; swishing.
1820, from swish (v.); sense of "effeminate homosexual" is 1930s in homosexual slang, probably from notion of mincing motion.
To move, walk, speak, etc, in the manner or presumed manner of effeminate male homosexuals (fr homosexuals)
[perhaps fr the swinging movements of the hips in a mincing walk; perhaps fr swish2]