[ swoo sh ]
/ swʊʃ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. swoln,
  2. swonk,
  3. swonken,
  4. swoon,
  5. swoop,
  6. swop,
  7. sword,
  8. sword bayonet,
  9. sword bean,
  10. sword belt

Origin of swoosh

First recorded in 1865–70; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for swoosh


/ (swʊʃ) /


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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