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verb (used without object)
  1. to move with or make a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.

  2. to pour out swiftly.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to make or move with a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.

  1. a swirling or rustling sound or movement.

Origin of swoosh

First recorded in 1865–70; imitative

Words Nearby swoosh

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How to use swoosh in a sentence

  • The soft swoosh of the gas-turbine turned into a muffled roar.

    The Brain | Alexander Blade
  • The air was exhausted in one whistling swoosh that took with it everything loose.

    The Legion of Lazarus | Edmond Hamilton
  • The hatch crashed open and he imagined he could almost hear the swoosh of escaping air.

    Spillthrough | Daniel F. Galouye

British Dictionary definitions for swoosh


/ (swʊʃ) /

  1. to make or cause to make a rustling or swirling sound, esp when moving or pouring out

  1. a swirling or rustling sound or movement

Origin of swoosh

C20: of imitative origin (probably influenced by swish and swoop)

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