- to move with or make a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.
- to pour out swiftly.
- to cause to make or move with a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.
- a swirling or rustling sound or movement.
Origin of swoosh
First recorded in 1865–70; imitative
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Examples from the Web for swoosh
The economy will teeter, one foot over the cliff, while members of Congress soak up the recess sun or swoosh down the ski slopes.Robert Shrum: Obama Won Election & Will Win Again on Fiscal Cliff
December 7, 2012
Her platinum bob, with its swoosh of side-brushed bangs, was eerily flawless.Newt Gingrich's Wife Callista's Prissy Style Problem
December 13, 2011
A clatter and a swoosh, and a cylinder arced gracefully, catching me almost by surprise.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
There came a swoosh through the night, a dull thud, a blinding flash and roar that paled the search-rays into insignificance.
The hatch crashed open and he imagined he could almost hear the swoosh of escaping air.Spillthrough
Daniel F. Galouye
- to make or cause to make a rustling or swirling sound, esp when moving or pouring out
- a swirling or rustling sound or movement
C20: of imitative origin (probably influenced by swish and swoop)
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Word Origin and History for swoosh
1867, imitative of the sound intended. The Nike corporate logo so called from 1989.
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