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whish

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verb \ ˈhwish , ˈwish \

Definition of whish

transitive verb
:to urge on or cause to move with a whish
intransitive verb
1 :to make a sibilant sound
2 :to move with a whish especially at high speed
  • an elevator … whishes down to the lower level
  • —Natalie Cooper

Examples of whish in a Sentence

  1. seemingly out of nowhere, a baseball whished past my head

  2. the match whished as it burst into flame

Origin and Etymology of whish

imitative

whish Synonyms


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whish

noun

Definition of whish

:a rushing sound :swish

Examples of whish in a Sentence

  1. the whish of tires on wet pavement

First Known Use of whish

circa 1802

whish Synonyms

Synonyms
fizz, sizzle, swish, hiss, whiz (or whizz)
Related Words
swoosh, wheeze, whistle, whoosh, zip; sibilance, sibilant


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