\ ˈ(h)wüsh How to pronounce whoosh (audio) , ˈ(h)wu̇sh How to pronounce whoosh (audio) \

Definition of whoosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a swift or explosive rush also : the sound created by such a rush often used interjectionally


whooshed; whooshing; whooshes

Definition of whoosh (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to rush past or move explosively cars whooshing along the expressway

transitive verb

: to move (a person or thing) with or as if with a whoosh

Examples of whoosh in a Sentence

Verb Cars whooshed along the highway. Water whooshed down the pipe.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Even before the train came to a complete stop, the doors opened with a whoosh and Amaka hopped off. Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 The 1,400-foot zipline runs 120 feet over the Ottawa River, linking Ottawa, Ontario to Gatineau, Québec, giving zippers a whoosh-by view of stately Parliament Hill. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Aug. 2021 As psychologist Adam Grant wrote in a New York Times article, some of us feel a true whoosh of joy at the first hug, maskless kiss and happy reunion. David Sloane, The Conversation, 26 July 2021 These visual depictions of sound look like sonar images from the ocean floor, with multicolored peaks and valleys depicting a syncopated go-go beat, the blare of a siren and the whoosh of a Metrobus’s brakes. Washington Post, 20 July 2021 One of the most gratifying sounds in sports is the whoosh of a basketball snapping the netting on a perfect swish. David Waldstein, New York Times, 15 July 2021 The instant torque is addictive, the linear whoosh of acceleration like a jump to warp speed. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 2 July 2021 The stores close, the schools close, the traffic on the avenue dwindles to a sporadic whoosh. Hana Schank, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 Taking all this in, Bey charged across 125th Street, undeterred by the whoosh of traffic, to get a better view. André Wheeler, The New Yorker, 14 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cars whoosh down Northern Boulevard, and stores are a bit of a walk. New York Times, 30 July 2021 At the first sign of danger, the brain sounds an alarm, setting off a torrent of neurological and hormonal signals that whoosh into the blood, stimulating the body to fight or give flight. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, 22 Dec. 2020 The Starship Enterprise would whoosh by, and my father would shake his head. David Beers, The New Republic, 7 Dec. 2020 Tuesday was the morning Hoosiers were supposed to arrive at work to the distant hum of Indy cars whooshing around the iconic oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2020 And then there was the sound: the soft grainy whoosh whoosh whoosh of the beating heart. Robin Amer, USA Today, 22 Apr. 2020 This time, thanks to a pandemic, the water has whooshed away at record speed. The Economist, 18 Apr. 2020 The flood washed away a land bridge near current-day Gibraltar, letting the Atlantic’s waters whoosh in. Michael George, National Geographic, 10 Mar. 2020 The lights were flickering all around Syd, and something whooshed by her. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of whoosh


1856, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of whoosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sound made by something that is moving quickly
: a small amount of gas, liquid, etc., that comes from a place quickly



English Language Learners Definition of whoosh (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move very quickly with the sound of quickly flowing air or water


\ ˈhwüsh How to pronounce whoosh (audio) , ˈwüsh, ˈhwu̇sh, ˈwu̇sh \
whooshed; whooshing

Kids Definition of whoosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to pass or move along with a sound like that of something moving quickly


plural whooshes

Kids Definition of whoosh (Entry 2 of 2)

: the sound created by something moving quickly

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