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swish

verb \ ˈswish \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of swish

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

swisher

noun

swishingly

play \ˈswi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of swish in a Sentence

  1. He watched as the windshield wipers swished back and forth.

  2. The horse's tail swished back and forth.

  3. The horse swished its tail back and forth.

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Origin and Etymology of swish

imitative

swish Synonyms

Synonyms
fizz, fizzle, sizzle, hiss, whish, whiz (or whizz)
Related Words
swoosh, wheeze, whistle, whoosh, zip; bubble, effervesce; buzz, drone, hum

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swish

noun

Definition of swish

1 a : 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 homosexual

Examples of swish in a Sentence

  1. the steady swish of the windshield wipers

  2. the mare brushed away the flies with a sweeping swish of her tail

Recent Examples of swish from the Web

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swish Synonyms

Synonyms
fizz, sizzle, hiss, whish, whiz (or whizz)
Related Words
swoosh, wheeze, whistle, whoosh, zip; sibilance, sibilant

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swish

adjective

Definition of swish

Examples of swish in a Sentence

  1. a trendy boutique filled with swish accessories for the urban fashionista

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Origin and Etymology of swish

origin unknown


SWISH Defined for English Language Learners

swish

verb

Definition of swish for English Language Learners

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


swish

adjective

Definition of swish for English Language Learners

  • : fashionable and expensive


SWISH Defined for Kids

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swish

verb \ ˈswish \

Definition of swish for Students

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

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swish

noun

Definition of swish for Students

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


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