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[hwish, wish] /ʰwɪʃ, wɪʃ/
verb (used with or without object)
to make, or move with, a whiz or swish.
a whishing sound.
Origin of whish
First recorded in 1510-20; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At that moment from out of the fog there was a sudden jolt and the whish of a whip.

    The Bag of Diamonds George Manville Fenn
  • It was the fish, and almost at the same instant was heard the “whish!”

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • I would not whish that any one by myself should proved for her and dower her!

  • Your skates are steel, and your legs feel the same as stroke, whish!

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • And on reaching the pond, they opened the sluice, and whish!

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • whishwhish; we are enveloped in what seems an atmosphere of scrubbing-brushes.

    Prose Idylls Charles Kingsley
  • whishwhish; alas for the horse which cannot wind and turn like a hare!

    Prose Idylls Charles Kingsley
  • Then—whish, roar, eclipse, darkness and sulphureted hydrogen!

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Further off they are lost in the great "whish" that fills the air.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • If we did, 'whish, whish,' and our heads would be off before we could turn!

    Little Sky-High

    Hezekiah Butterworth
British Dictionary definitions for whish


noun, verb
a less common word for swish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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