swoosh

verb
\ˈswüsh, ˈswu̇sh\
swooshed; swooshing; swooshes

Definition of swoosh 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make or move with a rushing sound a car swooshed by

2 : gush, swirl

transitive verb

: to discharge or transport with a rushing sound

swoosh

noun

Definition of swoosh (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act or instance of swooshing

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Synonyms & Antonyms for swoosh

Synonyms: Verb

gush, jet, pour, rush, spew, spout, spurt, squirt

Antonyms: Verb

dribble, drip, drop, trickle

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Examples of swoosh in a Sentence

Verb

The ball swooshed by my head. water swooshed powerfully from the fire hose

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There were pragmatic equestrians who teamed knee-high crocodile boots with wide shorts, and Romantic Victorians who swooshed across the marble wearing bottle green or lake blue opera cloaks a la Oscar Wilde. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 The Spy Who Loved Me’ In one of the most iconic cold opens of the franchise, 007 takes out a handful of would-be assassins while swooshing down the Austrian Alps. WSJ, "A Nearly Nude Take on James-Bond Style," 6 July 2018 On the anchor leg of the 400 relay, Carter — a 100-meter dash champion at 10.22 Saturday — swooshed past everyone except Bloomfield. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "The Woodlands sets national record for 4X200 relay, claims team title at state meet," 12 May 2018 There was a medicinal flavor that reminded me of torturously swooshing my mouth with fluoride at the pediatric dentist. Alex Beggs, Bon Appetit, "I Ranked 14 Flavors of Emergen-C So You Don't Have to Wonder Anymore," 7 Mar. 2018 In the Winter Olympics, which just concluded in Pyeongchang, star skaters like Alina Zagitova and Tessa Virtue swooshed by on the ice in form-hugging, sparkling costumes in shades of electric teal, pale pink, and lilac ombré. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Olympics Are Over and We’re All Dressing Like Figure Skaters Now," 28 Feb. 2018 Brodziansky's wide-open 3-pointer swooshed through the net and gave the Frogs a four-point lead with under two minutes remaining. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "Senior moment: Williams early, Vlad late seal TCU win in home finale | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Feb. 2018 There was also plenty of tweed thrown in for good measure in capes and blazers, and some sequined and beaded skirts and dresses that swished and swooshed past the paintings. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Fashion Week: Roksanda Cozies Up; Erdem's Dark Florals," 20 Feb. 2018 Turichenko quickly bands Sasha's long, honey-blonde hair into a ponytail, then swooshes a lovely blue scarf over it and ties it under Sasha's chin. Lynn Ischay, cleveland.com, "Maslenitsa: A week of pre-Lenten food and fun ends with Sunday's celebration (photos)," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nike’s relationship with Mr. Federer dates to 1997 and evolved over time to include a personal logo featuring Mr. Federer’s initials in addition to the company’s signature swoosh. Sara Germano, WSJ, "Roger Federer Leaves Nike, Snags $300 Million Deal to Wear Uniqlo," 2 July 2018 The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt featuring a large Nike swoosh logo, tan cargo shorts, white sneakers, and a black mask that covered his mouth and nose, according to police. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, "Somerville police investigate armed robbery of convenience store," 5 July 2018 Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images Tennis great Roger Federer, long all but synonymous with Nike Inc., has parted ways with the swoosh. Fortune, "Roger Federer Wears Uniqlo to Wimbledon and Ditches Nike," 2 July 2018 At Valentino, Pat McGrath outlined lids in shimmering pigment pulled into geometric swooshes that inched from the upper lashlines to an extended point and back below the brow bones, but avoided filling in the center of the wing. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018 David Kevkhishvili, Submitted Carley Guzikowski's cheeks were pale red, which matched the pink Nike swoosh on her gray hat and her nail polish. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa couple celebrates finishing Ironman race with surprise proposal, engagement," 14 June 2018 West eventually left the swoosh after disputes about royalty checks. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Sneaker Mailbox: Michael Jordan's Playoff Moment, Trae Young's Puma Connection and More," 18 May 2018 And Willie Taggart was dressed in a white striped shirt and slacks, nary even a swoosh in sight. Joel Odom, OregonLive.com, "No. 4 Oregon Ducks softball faces No. 2 Oklahoma next," 17 Apr. 2018 Woods wore one logo, Nike's swoosh, on all of his clothing. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Tiger Woods is Roaring Back Just in Time For Augusta - Who Isn't Excited?," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of swoosh

Verb

1867, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for swoosh

Verb

imitative

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swop

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sword

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The first known use of swoosh was in 1867

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swoosh

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swoosh

: to make sound by moving quickly through the air

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