\ 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: 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 And when the doors swooshed open, half of them had no intention of getting off. New York Times, "Stark Symbol of Pandemic in N.Y.: Homeless People Huddled on the Subway," 11 Apr. 2020 These were sizable animals, each with a two-foot wingspan, not quite so large and hefty as some fruit bats but still daunting, especially with thousands swooshing at you in a narrow tunnel. David Quammen, Popular Science, "Where will the next pandemic come from?," 15 Oct. 2012 The perch flipped its tail twice and swooshed out of sight. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: A giant perch and a grateful angler create a Wisconsin fish tale to remember," 28 Mar. 2020 Tear up leaves and swoosh them around the bowl so they are evenly coated. Krithika Varagur, The New Yorker, "Ottolenghi’s Easiest Recipes Ever," 30 Jan. 2020 Backup beepers on park vehicles in Alaska’s Denali National Park have been traded for more benign swooshing warnings, for example, and shuttle services and reduced speed limits have helped reduce traffic noise at many other parks. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "America’s noisiest and quietest national parks — the human factor," 20 Dec. 2019 That was in 1987, and the trend was to have designs such as numbers, Nike swooshes, lightning bolts and soccer balls shaved on the sides of a person's hair. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I feel like I am walking away from my family': Menomonee Falls barber Pete Sorenson is retiring after 45 years," 11 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun ABC Party offers a variety of party supplies, along with other on-topic piñatas: like one that resembles former President Trump with the distinctive swoosh of hair atop his head. Jeremy Hallock, Dallas News, "Oak Cliff party store turns Bernie Sanders inauguration meme into a piñata," 28 Jan. 2021 Worn by the likes of Travis Scott, the gray Jordans with a logo’d swoosh are now fetching resale prices upwards of $8,000. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The 17 Items That Defined 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 Perhaps a Target bull's-eye opposite the Nike swoosh that is visible on so many college athletes' uniforms (for example, on Dec. 11, in the Sports section on Pages 1, 2 and 3). Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Potential U of M alcohol sales, COVID vaccines, whites-only sect in Murdock," 13 Dec. 2020 All cult members were wearing black uniforms and black Nike sneakers with a white swoosh, and most were covered with purple shrouds. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "7 creepy things we learned about cult leader and former UA teacher Marshall Applewhite," 13 Dec. 2020 Video links provide detailed reheating and plating instructions, including how to make a swoosh of black beans to go alongside a rib-eye steak. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "The reluctant carryout chef: Rick Bayless had little use for takeout, until it became his only option.," 27 Nov. 2020 The white baseball cap in the Lover Boy collection features a Nike swoosh on the front, Certified Lover Boy logo on the back side and a print of a bright red lipstick kiss on the brim. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Drake Dropped His New Nike Collaboration and Sealed It With a Kiss," 26 Oct. 2020 Koepka plays with a swoosh on his shirt and a chip on his shoulder. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "PGA Championship 1st round (8/6/20): Free live streams, TV options to watch golf major featuring Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka," 6 Aug. 2020 Koepka plays with a swoosh on his shirt and a chip on his shoulder. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "PGA Championship 1st round (8/6/20): Free live streams, TV options to watch golf major featuring Tiger Woods, Brooks Koepka," 6 Aug. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swoosh. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of swoosh

: to make sound by moving quickly through the air

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