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[ woosh, woosh, hwoosh, hwoosh ]


  1. a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water:

    a great whoosh as the door opened.

verb (used without object)

  1. to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise:

    gusts of wind whooshing through the trees.

verb (used with object)

  1. to move (an object, a person, etc.) with a whooshing motion or sound:

    The storm whooshed the waves over the road.


/ wʊʃ /


  1. a hissing or rushing sound
  2. a rush of emotion

    a whoosh of happiness


  1. intr to make or move with a hissing or rushing sound

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Word History and Origins

Origin of whoosh1

First recorded in 1840–50; imitative

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Example Sentences

The moment the horn sounded, they were gone, and I was running alone, until the leaders came pounding by with a whoosh to lap me soon after I’d completed one circuit.

Sheila Moody, in Room 472, heard a whoosh and a whistle and she wondered where all this air was coming from.

After the initial whoosh and blast, it had seemed eerily silent until they reached the D Ring hallway, where they heard other people, crying, moaning, talking.

Then with a whoosh in came Elliott Woods, the contributor of a piece titled “Veterans of a Foreign War.”

The surf was not very high this time,—just waves that went whoosh and then pulled the pebbles back with a nice scrawpy sound.

Late in the day, he felt rather than heard the soundless whoosh of the construction machinery.

A little one, like the crack of a distant artillery piece in the mountains and then a louder, deep-toned whoosh of a noise.

Those trees are always sigh-sigh-sighing—more of a sigh than a sough or the 'whoosh' of gum-trees in the wind.

Before he could examine it, or move toward the door, Penny, with a mighty “whoosh” blew out the candle.