- to move with or make a sibilant sound, as a slender rod cutting sharply through the air or as small waves washing on the shore.
- to rustle, as silk.
- to move or behave in an exaggeratedly effeminate manner.
- to flourish, whisk, etc., with a swishing movement or sound: to swish a cane.
- to bring, take, cut, etc., with such a movement or sound: to swish off the tops of plants with a cane.
- to flog or whip.
- a swishing movement or sound.
- a stock or rod for flogging or a stroke with this.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to an effeminate male homosexual.
- Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. swishy(def 2).
- Chiefly British Informal. stylishly elegant; fashionable.
Origin of swish
Examples from the Web for swishes
When an elephant plucks off a branch and swishes his flanks, and thus keeps away insects, he is using a tool.This Simian World
The doctor himself gave the signal to start, and at the word they darted with two “swishes” into the water.Parkhurst Boys
Talbot Baines Reed
The swishes became more frequent, the returnings almost doubling on their track.Edge of the Jungle
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.Look Back on Happiness
It swishes fast round gravelly bends into large eddying pools where in their season the salmon and peal lie.The Rivers and Streams of England
- to move with or make or cause to move with or make a whistling or hissing sound
- (intr) (esp of fabrics) to rustle
- (tr) slang, rare to whip; flog
- (tr foll by off) to cut with a swishing blow
- a hissing or rustling sound or movement
- a rod for flogging or a blow from such a rod
- US slang an effeminate male homosexual
- a W African building material composed of mortar and mud or laterite, or more recently of cement and earth
- informal, mainly British fashionable; smart
- US slang effeminate and homosexual
Word Origin and History for swishes
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.