\ 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

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 Next up, a sweep of highlighter gets swooshed across her skin, followed by a contouring routine for daytime done with shimmering bronzer rather than heavy matte powder. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Shanina Shaik’s Guide to a Summer Skin Glow-Up," 12 June 2019 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 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 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 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 Recreation includes laser tag, a race course for electric go-karts, a waterslide with a transparent tube that swooshes you along the side of the ship. Beth J. Harpaz, charlotteobserver, "A look at new ships and trends in cruising for 2018 | Charlotte Observer," 14 Feb. 2018 Big Mercedes cars with German plates swoosh up and down its streets. The Economist, "Wurst among equals," 11 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nike also gave it a compellingly layered look, allowing elements to cover the swoosh, for instance, and using a technique that lets the eyestay float slightly off the shoe. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Nike says its newest sneaker mashup is a “runaway hit”," 25 Sep. 2019 In Paris, the long-limbed Veronika Heilbrunner was spotted wearing the classic combination that included a clunky black loafer and white sporty socks with Nike’s iconic swoosh. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Ways to Wear Socks and Loafers," 13 May 2019 Spread the meringue onto the cake, adding decorative swooshes and peaks with a spatula or spoon. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Outerlands’ Toasted Coconut Tres Leches Cake," 13 Sep. 2019 Fiers took the mound Saturday with a most unusual look, a big swoosh of facial hair running from the right side of his face and then curling up around his lip — with no beard along the left side, just a big curlicue. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Fiers exits with an injury, but A’s use four homers to top Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 The swoosh is actually a wave meant to represent Lake Erie. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cavaliers going back to the ‘90s with retro black and powder blue swoosh uniforms this season," 28 Aug. 2019 Although the original version wasn't made by Nike, the logo on this one is also a nod back to the 1990s, featuring the word 'Nike' alongside the famous swoosh. SI.com, "Barcelona Third Kit 2019/20: Leaked '90s Throwback Shirt Sure to Be a Hit With Fans," 24 July 2019 The sneakers come with a gray base with black accents and scarlet flywire, laces and swoosh. cleveland.com, "How much would you pay for these Ohio State-themed running shoes by Nike?," 27 Aug. 2019 By Samira Ahmed Babr woke at dawn to the muezzin’s call and the swoosh swoosh of street sweepers. Veronica Chambers, New York Times, "Viewfinders: 10 Y.A. Novelists Spin Fiction From Vintage Photos," 28 June 2019

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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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“Swoosh.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoosh. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of swoosh

: to make sound by moving quickly through the air

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