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ˈswüsh How to pronounce swoosh (audio)
swooshed; swooshing; swooshes

intransitive verb

: to make or move with a rushing sound
a car swooshed by
: gush, swirl

transitive verb

: to discharge or transport with a rushing sound


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: an act or instance of swooshing

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
Jenner ended up wearing the black dress under the sparkly mini skirt and swooshed her hips a little bit in front of the camera to show how the skirt swayed. Celeste McCauley, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2023 Like its cousin the meringue, a pavlova is made of puffy, cloud-like egg whites, swooshed into sculpture by sugar’s hold—but unlike meringue, a pavlova has a chewy, mallow center and is made at a shareable scale. Lauren Joseph, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2023 For those who remember the heyday of sports coupes, seeing this dark-green beauty swooshing along on a Sunday morning will trigger a tsunami of nostalgia. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 17 July 2023 Perhaps that’s why The Entity works as a villain, even if the way the movie personifies it with swooshing graphics and eye-like optics is a little hokey. Marah Eakin, WIRED, 12 July 2023 Just swoosh it over your face to stay protected from the sun and mattify shine. April Benshosan, Health, 22 June 2023 The tarpon jumped seven times, swooshing spectacularly in the air as Williams played it, worked it, reeled, kept the pressure on. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2023 In the first video, Zachary Willmore is sitting in his childhood bedroom wearing a pink sweatshirt, his blond hair swooshed to the side, and begins applying makeup. Rachel Hatzipanagos, Washington Post, 12 Apr. 2023 The model is totally at home in the most glam of 'fits, from a plunging sequin Valentino gown and dramatic, swooshing duster to a halter top made out of snakes. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 24 Mar. 2023
Swept out to sea:A morning swim turns to a fight for survival as NY man treads water for five hours Described as a Black male, Goldman was last seen carrying a gray Adidas backpack and wearing black sweat pants and a light blue sweatshirt with a Nike swoosh. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 1 Aug. 2023 Plates festooned with gold leaf and dramatic swooshes of sauce. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 13 Sep. 2023 The latest collection features paneled black short one pieces, camo, and neon green shirts with a collaborative swoosh logo at the chest, and black and camo windbreakers for a brisk run. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 6 Oct. 2023 Use a spoon to create elegant swooshes in the frosting and consider telling sweet-toothed guests that this is just your secret chocolate cake recipe. Micah A Leal, Southern Living, 30 July 2023 Travis Scott has his line of Nikes with a backward swoosh. Glenn Gamboa, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Aug. 2023 The right shoe was decorated with the image of the sand and water of San Diego’s beaches, while his left shoe featured Fenway Park’s Green Monster, along with a Nike swoosh that was made with dirt from Fenway. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2023 Like a ‘Nike swoosh’ Bloom, who has been conducting research on remote work for two decades, said that workers were essentially either fully remote or fully in the office before the pandemic. Byjane Thier, Fortune, 17 Aug. 2023 One senses vividly the physicality of their creation: the streaks, swooshes, smears, splashes and sprays of paint, the dribble of coffee grounds, the spreading greasy stains. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History




First Known Use


1867, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of swoosh was in 1867

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Cite this Entry

“Swoosh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoosh. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to make or move with a rushing sound
swoosh noun
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