Definition of swoosh in English:


Pronunciation /swuːʃ//swʊʃ/


  • 1The sound produced by a sudden rush of air or liquid:

    ‘the swoosh of surf’
    • ‘Suddenly there was a loud swoosh from overhead them.’
    • ‘With a swoosh from his cape and his long silver ponytail, he turned away and began to walk toward his quarters.’
    • ‘She could hear the swoosh of his clothes as he walked.’
    • ‘‘Um I don't know, she just got in her car and left’ Nathan said just as the basketball went into the net with a swoosh.’
    • ‘Abruptly he turned with a swoosh of his cape, then flounced away, leaving Morgan staring after him.’
    • ‘Wind sounds exactly as it should, and the swoosh of the sail as it catches air and takes the boat for a ride rings just about perfect.’
    • ‘And then, with a swoosh of her white lab coat, Mrs. Graham was gone.’
    • ‘Alex paused for a moment and pointed out the various sections, then led the way around the balcony to a door on the opposite side that slid open immediately with a commanding swoosh.’
    • ‘Rex ducked just in time to hear the swoosh above him.’
    • ‘I hear a swoosh of water and see the light reflecting off the surface.’
    • ‘We were creeping forever through darkness with nothing but each other's black figures and the swoosh of our cloaks to tell that we were still together.’
    • ‘No one said anything for a moment, then, so quietly it could barely be heard above the gentle swoosh of the rags, the girl to her right whispered to her, her eyes glancing over quickly.’
    • ‘The murmured swoosh of cars rushing down nearby streets, the hum of planes overhead, the shouts resonating from the bar next door; the city's strange, eternal lullaby.’
    • ‘He heard the swoosh of her sword leaving its scabbard, then a loud clap.’
    • ‘He heard the whistling stop and felt a quick swoosh of air.’
    • ‘We heard a swoosh and saw three swans flying past in a V. We stopped to watch.’
    • ‘The swoosh, like the doors they had had in the apartment, was calming.’
    • ‘Dance music from a nearby club mingles with the soft swoosh of water flowing over one of the Vltava's many dams.’
    • ‘With that, they caught the swoosh of a sliding door and the clunk and clatter of someone stumbling about the dressing room - on the other side of the wall.’
  • 2An emblem or design representing a flash or stripe of colour:

    ‘white running shoes with the Nike swoosh’
    • ‘To fulfil the new contract Woods must wear as many swooshes as possible.’
    • ‘The world's largest athletic shoemaker has relaunched a website where shoppers design their own shoes, choosing everything from the colour of the famous Nike swoosh to personalizing the tongue with a word or phrase.’
    • ‘The distinctive swoosh logo came in 1971, a student-made design.’
    • ‘In the last twenty years we've gone from logos with horizontal stripes (a la IBM) to swooshes to geometric shapes (Target).’
    • ‘Now this doesn't explain the giant swoosh - it's way too big and too curved to fit the usual pattern.’
    • ‘Just as noteworthy are the prominent gold swooshes on the chest and hip, and the shiny new Max Airs on his feet.’
    • ‘Wearing the famed swoosh on its jerseys has allowed the club to break into the 130 countries that Nike reaches.’
    • ‘One cannot miss the big swoosh of Nike, and all the other brand names and logos, the Body Shop, and the Gap, among others.’
    • ‘Navy blue sweatshirts bearing a single foreign word, Michigan, and a well-known logo, the Nike swoosh, were piled high in a small room off the main factory floor.’
    • ‘And even if students have a hard time with names, no one could mistake the gigantic swoosh on the side of the gym.’
    • ‘Note the similarity of the logo to the Nike swoosh.’
    • ‘Confusingly, logos and some design signatures - such as the three stripes on Adidas track suits or the Nike swoosh - are protected from copying under trademark statutes.’
    • ‘You want to pay kids to get the swoosh tattooed on their foreheads?’
    • ‘Nike broadcasts a message that equates its famous swoosh with freedom, revolution and personal exuberance.’
    • ‘Instead of getting black Nikes with the white swoosh like everyone else, we went to Payless and bought the $12 variety of basketball shoes.’


  • Move with a rushing sound:

    ‘cars swooshed by on the street below’
    • ‘The turquoise sea swooshed gently under the darkening sky.’
    • ‘The sound of it sounds like something sizzling in a pan but with cars swooshing by.’
    • ‘Finally they all swooshed to a halt and we clapped heartily, while feeling a bit disconcerted by the whole thing.’
    • ‘Once in a while a pedestrian stepped off the sidewalk and the traffic swooshed round them like water hitting a weir.’
    • ‘The car finally swooshed out of the traffic and everything became a blur of colors again.’
    • ‘The doors swoosh open, and the pilots are faced with a long, brightly lit corridor, with open plan rooms leading off both sides of it, separated from the corridor by large sheets of plexiglass.’
    • ‘Cars are swooshing by every so often and I find myself almost transfixed watching them.’
    • ‘She then pivoted and the black skirt she wore swooshed around, her shoulder-length brown hair twirling.’
    • ‘As I waited my turn, I saw in my rear-view mirror that, of the half dozen or so cars that swooshed by me in the carpool lane, not a single one carried a passenger.’
    • ‘Trucks and cars swoosh past us occasionally, otherwise we are cocooned in the subliminal hum of the forest.’
    • ‘We pause on Park Avenue, cabs swooshing past, slick, chill streets, slippery sidewalks, a grey evening, a nondescript night.’


Mid 19th century: imitative.