[hwoosh, hwoo sh, woosh, woo sh]
- a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water: a great whoosh as the door opened.
- to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise: gusts of wind whooshing through the trees.
- to move (an object, a person, etc.) with a whooshing motion or sound: The storm whooshed the waves over the road.
Origin of whoosh
First recorded in 1840–50; imitative
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Examples from the Web for whoosh
Then with a whoosh in came Elliott Woods, the contributor of a piece titled “Veterans of a Foreign War.”A Literary Tribute
September 10, 2011
That was my last thought as the thing let go with a "whoosh."Arm of the Law
"I whoosh't—I woosh't was so we could hev pie," sighed one such.Back Home
There was a whoosh of fire and a flare from the launcher's nose.The Secret of the Ninth Planet
Donald Allen Wollheim
It folded over with a whoosh, grabbing its middle, as the toy wobbled off in eccentric flight.The Enormous Room
Horace Leonard Gold
Bram Forest drove his left fist into the guard's belly and heard the whoosh of air escaping from his lungs.Quest of the Golden Ape
- a hissing or rushing sound
- a rush of emotiona whoosh of happiness
- (intr) to make or move with a hissing or rushing sound
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Word Origin and History for whoosh
1856, of imitative origin.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper