[swoo sh]

verb (used without object)

to move with or make a rustling, swirling, or brushing sound.
to pour out swiftly.

verb (used with object)

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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Contemporary Examples of swoosh

Historical Examples of swoosh

  • 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.


    Daniel F. Galouye

British Dictionary definitions for swoosh



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


a swirling or rustling sound or movement

Word Origin for swoosh

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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