[ hwoosh, hwoo sh, woosh, woo sh ]
/ ʰwuʃ, ʰwʊʃ, wuʃ, wʊʃ /


a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water: a great whoosh as the door opened.

verb (used without object)

to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise: gusts of wind whooshing through the trees.

verb (used with object)

to move (an object, a person, etc.) with a whooshing motion or sound: The storm whooshed the waves over the road.
Also woosh.

Origin of whoosh

First recorded in 1840–50; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for whoosh



/ (wʊʃ) /


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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