[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. whooping cough vaccine,
  2. whooping crane,
  3. whoopla,
  4. whoops,
  5. whoopsie,
  6. whoosis,
  7. whoosy,
  8. whoot,
  9. whop,
  10. whopper

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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Word Origin and History for whoosh


1856, of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper