\ ˈswüsh How to pronounce swoosh (audio) , 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



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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some angry fans were even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear — and posting the results on social media. Jocelyn Noveck, The Seattle Times, "James says he ‘stands with Nike’ in reference to Kaepernick," 4 Sep. 2018 Online, people threatened boycotts and posted videos and photos of shoes set on fire, Nike gear thrown in the trash, and swoosh logos cut out of products. Mae Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Good for business? Nike gets political with Kaepernick ad," 4 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Accompanying the tweet was a photo of someone blacking out a white Nike swoosh on a black pair of shoes. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "USA Gymnastics Interim CEO Mary Bono Criticized Nike in Tweet," 14 Oct. 2018 Comme des Garçons’s Rei Kawakubo and Sacai’s Chitose Abe were two of the swoosh’s few female collaborators from within the fashion world—until now. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nike Announces Collaborations with Martine Rose, Ambush’s Yoon, and Sarah Andelman," 29 Sep. 2018 The company famous for the swoosh is now facing backlash since its announcement of the campaign. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Nike billboard featuring Kaepernick hovers over San Francisco," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of swoosh


1867, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of swoosh

: to make sound by moving quickly through the air

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a strong desire or propensity

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