\ 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


Cars whooshed along the highway. Water whooshed down the pipe.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The other is at the top of a mound, where the wind whooshes by, so there’s an area of low pressure at that end of the tunnel. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "Ventilation Tips From the Animal Kingdom," 1 Aug. 2018 These scooters are limited to 15 miles per hour, but that is still zippy enough to put a satisfying whoosh in your hair. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters," 6 June 2018 As the rumble of gas engines fades, lightsaber-like whooshes of electric cars and bike bells enter into ear shot. Diana Budds, Curbed, "The future of urban mobility will be shaped by these six issues," 18 Dec. 2018 One county technician, dumbfounded by the whoosh of code rocketing across the screen, somberly took out his phone and began to film it. Benjamin Wofford, Vox, "The midterms are already hacked. You just don’t know it yet.," 25 Oct. 2018 Park goers have mistaken them for the whoosh of an airplane, the thumping of an ultrasound or audio from a dinosaur movie. Maya Sweedler, WSJ, "Heavy Breathing in Manhattan Park Is Not What Anyone Thinks It Is," 2 July 2018 Then came the whoosh of helicopters, revving up to ready the course. Rachel Levin, WSJ, "The Toughest Half-Marathon You’ll Want to Plan a Trip Around," 3 July 2018 Fine Arts Museums Director Max Hollein is, whoosh, off to the Met. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Fine Arts Museums brand gets ‘refreshed’," 10 July 2018 Moreover, the Zee and Faith chapters feel somewhat perfunctory, with long stretches of exposition, so that years of change whoosh by on generalizations. Amy Gentry, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 'The Female Persuasion' by Meg Wolitzer," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Consider a dress that turns traditional looming heddles into whooshing sequins that shimmied and whirred as the model walked down the runway, the sound itself a callback to the hubbub of a factory at its busiest hour. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“I Really Feel Quite Lucky”—Sarah Burton Reflects on Her Magical Career at Alexander McQueen," 30 May 2019 Day seven: Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2017 Couture collection, presented on July 5, 2017, in Paris. Don’t expect to see Jean Paul Gaultier whooshing past you, scarf flying, on a snowboard in Gstaad anytime soon. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Jean Paul Gaultier Embroiders With Snow," 30 Dec. 2018 Enchanting Belle Epoque hotels line streets cut into a steep mountainside that gives way to a 200-meter-long whooshing waterfall. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 The waters whooshed by with surprising force, pulling him away. Terrence Mccoy, The Seattle Times, "In a Florence flood, she tried to hold onto her baby. But the water ripped him away.," 18 Sep. 2018 And laughter, that vital survival mechanism, whooshes in like oxygen. New York Times, "Review: ‘Fruit Trilogy,’ Eve Ensler’s New Show, Brims With Outrage," 17 June 2018 Tracking audio cues like changing engine pitch (to indicate speed), directional stereo sounds when the cars are turning, and whooshing sounds for passing obstacles can help generate a mental map for a course even when it can’t be seen. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "How blind players succeed at sports video games they’ve never seen," 21 Mar. 2018 After all, your baby was surrounded by the consistent sound of whooshing blood while in the womb. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "Baby sleep: 7 tips for surviving the first few months," 12 July 2018 A Bird scooter is a zippy little electric number that whooshes down the street as quietly as a hummingbird. Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic, "Fly On, My Sleek Electric Bird," 30 May 2018

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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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