swish

verb
\ ˈswish How to pronounce swish (audio) \
swished; swishing; swishes

Definition of swish

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to move, pass, swing, or whirl with the sound of a swish

transitive verb

1 : to move, cut, or strike with a swish the horse swished its tail
2 : to make (a basketball shot) so that the ball falls through the rim without touching it swished a 3-point jumper

swish

noun
plural swishes

Definition of swish (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : a prolonged hissing sound (as of a whip cutting the air)
b : a light sweeping or brushing sound
2 : a swishing movement
3 slang, usually disparaging + offensive : an effeminate gay man

swish

adjective

Definition of swish (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from swish

Verb

swisher noun
swishingly \ ˈswi-​shiŋ-​lē How to pronounce swish (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for swish

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of swish in a Sentence

Verb He watched as the windshield wipers swished back and forth. The horse's tail swished back and forth. The horse swished its tail back and forth. Noun the steady swish of the windshield wipers the mare brushed away the flies with a sweeping swish of her tail Adjective a trendy boutique filled with swish accessories for the urban fashionista
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As it’s simmering, swish a little water around the blender jar and add it to the pot. Washington Post, 26 May 2021 Open the container, remove the meat, and swish around the liquid sand salt. Cameron Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2021 Simply swish one of the single-use filters in your next glass of red to eliminate the sulfites, histamines, and—at least according to some reviewers—the inevitable hangover. Hannah Cole, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2021 Swish solution and let sit: Using a toilet brush, swish the solution around the toilet, making sure to cover any stains and let the solution sit for up to 30 minutes. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 18 Jan. 2021 Kahmora, meanwhile, is confined by her floor length gown, and doesn’t do much but swish her arms and walk around the stage verrrrry slowly. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 23 Jan. 2021 Gently swish the backpack in the solution, and use an old toothbrush to scrub any visible stains. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 19 Jan. 2021 Submerge and swish the clams around, dislodging any dirt or sand. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, 22 Jan. 2021 In normal years, a single pass would allow skiers to swish between resorts. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After Kyle Korver of the Cavaliers missed an open 3-pointer, Durant spotted up from the top of the arc — swish — for a 114-113 lead. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 8 June 2017 That goes especially for star Johnny Depp, whose Captain Jack Sparrow remains an unchanging and buffoonish blend of swash and swish. Robert W. Butler, kansascity.com, 24 May 2017 Swish swish sounds like it is written by 8 yr old kid or Donald Trump. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 23 May 2017 In a hurricane, those waves can come in quick, short bursts as powerful thunderstorms around the storm’s eye wall swish air up and down like a plunger in a toilet bowl. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, 17 May 2017 The swish was almost inevitable from the area of the court that is his sweet spot. Bill Livingston, cleveland.com, 8 May 2017 The icing on the cake was the little details that matter: the follow through, the curling down of fingers, the backspin, the holding of the follow through — and of course, the swish. Mirin Fader, Orange County Register, 1 Feb. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Porter’s jumper is a swish, giving Denver a 53-51 lead. oregonlive, 23 May 2021 Just thoroughly wash your hands and mouth afterward — and maybe swish with mouthwash to kill any lingering germs. Kim Campbell Thornton, Star Tribune, 7 May 2021 Secondly, the Spurs did little else right besides swish 3-pointers. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 14 Apr. 2021 Fill the bowl with cold water and gently swish and swirl to dislodge pesky dirt or sand without separating the rings of the leeks. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 Nov. 2020 For the parents: The hotel offers swish office setups in your room replete with printers, wireless keyboards and large monitors that hook up to your puny, eyestrain-inducing laptop. Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2020 This makes a two-note swish, swish sound, followed by silence as the bird pecks at whatever goodies have been uncovered. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 5 Mar. 2020 In the heart of D3, Hotel des Arts is opulent and rather swish, not to mention home to one of the best rooftop bars in town (see the drinks section above). Marianna Cerini, Condé Nast Traveler, 24 Dec. 2019 Dress rehearsals were taking place inside Amy Morton’s swish new restaurant, Stolp Island Social, attached to the theater. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of swish

Verb

1756, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swish

Verb

imitative

Adjective

origin unknown

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8 Jun 2021

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“Swish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swish. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for swish

swish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move with or cause (something) to move with a soft sweeping or brushing sound

swish

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of swish (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : fashionable and expensive

swish

verb
\ ˈswish How to pronounce swish (audio) \
swished; swishing

Kids Definition of swish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make, move, or strike with a soft sweeping or brushing sound The horse swished its tail.

swish

noun

Kids Definition of swish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a soft sweeping or brushing sound
2 : a movement that produces a sweeping or brushing sound

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