\ 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

Synonyms & Antonyms for swoosh

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of swoosh in a Sentence

Verb The ball swooshed by my head. water swooshed powerfully from the fire hose
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their carriages swoosh over roads, rivers and other obstructions, while passengers get to enjoy the view. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 16 May 2022 For those not wanting to swoosh down a piste, there’s also plenty of alternative activities on offer. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 Bad Bunny’s groundbreaking 2018 debut LP, cartoon-like with his tongue as a slide down which folks could swoosh through and bounce out. Jhoni Jackson, Rolling Stone, 11 Dec. 2021 Place the flank steak in the baggie and swoosh it around until all surface areas are coated. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 July 2021 The hot-pink cabs swoosh up and down the busy streets of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital, the largest city in central Africa. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2021 Back in Kinshasa, Ubiz Cabs continue to swoosh up and down in their bright colors, and Ms. Nsendula must soon get back on the road. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 May 2021 No such orbiting mission is currently planned for Enceladus or Europa—upcoming NASA and European flyby missions will swoosh by the latter at high speeds of several kilometers per second. Jonathan O'callaghan, Science | AAAS, 18 May 2021 Water sprinklers swoosh constantly outside the window, ensuring the acres of grass remain green, even through hot August days. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The swoosh is embroidered in gold thread, which represents the gold multi-layer insulation protecting much of the mission equipment in space. Matt Young, Chron, 10 Apr. 2022 Unlike the other iconic redhead with a side part and swoosh of curls that frame the side of her dazzling cartoon visage, Thee Stallion gives us a twist with this color. Jennet Jusu, Allure, 10 Mar. 2022 Even though there’s not a swoosh in sight, that seems sort of like tempting fate. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 With a logo as instantly recognizable as the Nike swoosh, Champion has been making comfortable and affordable sportswear for decades. Claire Harmeyer, PEOPLE.com, 6 Mar. 2022 Vanilla ice cream is a classic addition, but a swoosh of yogurt on the serving plate or a drizzle of cold cream straight in the pan works just as well. Kendra Vaculin, Bon Appétit, 25 Feb. 2022 The Portland woman is 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, and was wearing a black fur hat and coat, and burgundy clogs or black Nike shoes with a pink swoosh. oregonlive, 22 Jan. 2022 My eyes were drawn to a slender young Latino man with a bold, asymmetrical swoosh of thick black bangs. Emily Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 My eyes were drawn to a slender young Latino man with a bold, asymmetrical swoosh of thick black bangs. Emily Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Swoosh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoosh. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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