[hwoosh, hwoo sh, woosh, woo sh]


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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Contemporary Examples of whoosh

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

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    A Literary Tribute

    Roxanne Coady

    September 10, 2011

Historical Examples of whoosh

  • That was my last thought as the thing let go with a "whoosh."

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • "I whoosh't—I woosh't was so we could hev pie," sighed one such.

    Back Home

    Eugene Wood

  • There was a whoosh of fire and a flare from the launcher's nose.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet

    Donald Allen Wollheim

  • It folded over with a whoosh, grabbing its middle, as the toy wobbled off in eccentric flight.

    The Enormous Room

    Horace Leonard Gold

  • Bram Forest drove his left fist into the guard's belly and heard the whoosh of air escaping from his lungs.

British Dictionary definitions for whoosh




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