\ ˈhwüsh How to pronounce whoosh (audio) , ˈwüsh, 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 From the tunnel behind the UConn bench and between lines of cheerleaders, Rylan Ellingwood dashed onto the XL Center court — whoosh, what gusto — to become a member of the UConn men’s basketball team Wednesday night. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Ellington boy, 7, officially joins the UConn men’s basketball team, which has helped him recapture his childhood," 31 Oct. 2019 At the camp, heads popped up like prairie dogs each time a rumble and a whoosh signaled another collapse of ice into the open pool some 3 kilometers away. Paul Voosen, Science Magazine, "A project to monitor every aspect of a fast-shrinking glacier could hold an answer to an urgent question: How fast will seas rise?," 10 Oct. 2019 Strange whooshes of cold air had servers afraid to use the stairs. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Unbelievable Story of the New Orleans Restaurant in a Haunted Old Church," 1 Oct. 2019 The only bummer was the whoosh of traffic on Sunset Boulevard. Lori Basheda, latimes.com, "In Pacific Palisades, a meditation retreat lets you escape from yourself," 6 June 2019 An espresso machines whirls and whooshes, coins clatter in a cash register, bags scrape along the floor. Deanna Pan, BostonGlobe.com, "A day at South Station: A gateway to Boston, an intersection of many different lives," 17 Aug. 2019 Carr puts their texts on-screen with the accompanying pings and whooshes of real messages, giving some sense of the dopamine hits their communiqués must have offered. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 Wind hits the microphone, texturing the tape with whooshes. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "We inhaled all 16 hours of Radiohead's ‘OK Computer’ sessions. Here are the best bits," 11 June 2019 Indeed, the collection’s strongest looks — like a simple T-shirt with a whoosh of blue watercolor on one shoulder — looked just like Jones exploring his own artistic self. Washington Post, "Dior brings art to Paris fashion for sculpted men’s show," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their white sides whooshed by, their presence anomalous in this valley where almost no one lives. Wired, "The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO," 20 Sep. 2019 Caltrain’s electric cars could eventually share tracks with bullet trains whooshing in from Southern California. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Caltrain maps out big growth and how to pay the $25 billion tab," 22 July 2019 The Mount Hood mainstay on Monday opened its Timberline Bike Park: a project 10 years in the making that will allow mountain bikers to whoosh downhill and ride a chairlift back up. oregonlive.com, "New Mount Hood bike park opens: ’It’s going to change the face of Timberline’," 12 Aug. 2019 Painter tarps, ladders and a movable scaffold create various effects — campsites, mountains, boats whooshing down roaring rapids. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Men on Boats’ puts women at the helm of this thrill ride," 16 July 2019 Awe, the little sister of those blue whoosh feelings, helps pull us out of those moments. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 But the same day the women were found alive on Patos Island, an ambulance with more survivors whooshed by. New York Times, "She Was Duped and Shipped to a Brothel at 16. Then the Boat Sank.," 10 July 2019 There's that whooshing groundswell where the powerful forces of food, society, upscale retail and anticipation collide in the cultural fission chamber that is Houston. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "MAD: A sensory ambush arrives at River Oaks District," 19 June 2019 European-style compact cars whooshed by the busy avenue near where a subway was being constructed under streets with names like Allenby (after British general Edmund Allenby). Debbie Spingarn, BostonGlobe.com, "A familial journey to Israel, launched with a simple cheek swab," 13 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'whoosh.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of whoosh


1856, in the meaning defined above


1909, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for whoosh



Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about whoosh

Time Traveler for whoosh

Time Traveler

The first known use of whoosh was in 1856

See more words from the same year

Statistics for whoosh

Last Updated

19 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Whoosh.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooshed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for whoosh


How to pronounce whoosh (audio) How to pronounce whoosh (audio)

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

More from Merriam-Webster on whoosh

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for whoosh

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with whoosh

Comments on whoosh

What made you want to look up whoosh? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


not agreeing with established beliefs

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!