\ ˈ(h)wish How to pronounce whish (audio) \
whished; whishing; whishes

Definition of whish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of whish (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rushing sound : swish

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Synonyms for whish

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of whish in a Sentence

Verb seemingly out of nowhere, a baseball whished past my head the match whished as it burst into flame Noun the whish of tires on wet pavement
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Sound: Couple of quick snorts, followed by a long, loud exhale: Whish, whish, pheeeewwwwwt! Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, "9 Key Deer Calls and How to Make Them," 22 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of whish


1518, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whish was in 1518

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“Whish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whish. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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