Definition of swoosh in English:


Pronunciation /swuːʃ//swʊʃ/


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

    ‘the swoosh of surf’
    • ‘She could hear the swoosh of his clothes as he walked.’
    • ‘With a swoosh from his cape and his long silver ponytail, he turned away and began to walk toward his quarters.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I hear a swoosh of water and see the light reflecting off the surface.’
    • ‘We heard a swoosh and saw three swans flying past in a V. We stopped to watch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He heard the swoosh of her sword leaving its scabbard, then a loud clap.’
    • ‘And then, with a swoosh of her white lab coat, Mrs. Graham was gone.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rex ducked just in time to hear the swoosh above him.’
    • ‘Suddenly there was a loud swoosh from overhead them.’
    • ‘He heard the whistling stop and felt a quick swoosh of air.’
    • ‘Abruptly he turned with a swoosh of his cape, then flounced away, leaving Morgan staring after him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The swoosh, like the doors they had had in the apartment, was calming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dance music from a nearby club mingles with the soft swoosh of water flowing over one of the Vltava's many dams.’
  • 2An emblem or design representing a flash or stripe of colour.

    ‘white running shoes with 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now this doesn't explain the giant swoosh - it's way too big and too curved to fit the usual pattern.’
    • ‘In the last twenty years we've gone from logos with horizontal stripes (a la IBM) to swooshes to geometric shapes (Target).’
    • ‘Nike broadcasts a message that equates its famous swoosh with freedom, revolution and personal exuberance.’
    • ‘One cannot miss the big swoosh of Nike, and all the other brand names and logos, the Body Shop, and the Gap, among others.’
    • ‘To fulfil the new contract Woods must wear as many swooshes as possible.’
    • ‘And even if students have a hard time with names, no one could mistake the gigantic swoosh on the side of the gym.’
    • ‘Instead of getting black Nikes with the white swoosh like everyone else, we went to Payless and bought the $12 variety of basketball shoes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You want to pay kids to get the swoosh tattooed on their foreheads?’
    • ‘Just as noteworthy are the prominent gold swooshes on the chest and hip, and the shiny new Max Airs on his feet.’
    • ‘Note the similarity of the logo to the Nike swoosh.’
    • ‘Wearing the famed swoosh on its jerseys has allowed the club to break into the 130 countries that Nike reaches.’
    • ‘The distinctive swoosh logo came in 1971, a student-made design.’


  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move with a rushing sound.

    ‘cars swooshed by on the street below’
    • ‘The door swooshed shut behind them, but they left the lights on.’
    • ‘The red summer dressed swooshed around her legs as she slowly made her way past Renaldi.’
    • ‘Dinael didn't say anything though, just swooshed past him with a whisper of fabric.’
    • ‘And he wasn't the one in tights, he was the one in the sparkly black robe thing that swooshed when he walked.’
    • ‘The dress swooshed when I moved and it would look beautiful when I curled my hair.’
    • ‘I looked up right as she left the room, her dark, forest green dress made of velvet and silk swooshed around the ground as the white lace hemmed her tightly bound bodice, making her torso look tiny.’
    • ‘He won't hear the door swoosh and he doesn't really watch the monitors unless there's a problem.’
    • ‘I heard a pillow swoosh through the air and hit a head.’
    • ‘I flip over in my bed so I'm now facing the ceiling, the material of my dress swooshing together as I do so.’
    • ‘She then pivoted and the black skirt she wore swooshed around, her shoulder-length brown hair twirling.’
    • ‘The doors swooshed open and he exited the elaborate elevator.’
    • ‘The car finally swooshed out of the traffic and everything became a blur of colors again.’
    • ‘The turquoise sea swooshed gently under the darkening sky.’
    • ‘Once she was past an arm's length away, the door swooshed closed.’
    • ‘The sound of it sounds like something sizzling in a pan but with cars swooshing by.’
    • ‘I didn't know the heart could pound so fast - the blood thumped and swooshed so loud in my ears I could no longer hear the wind.’
    • ‘Cars are swooshing by every so often and I find myself almost transfixed watching them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I ducked just in time for her hand to swoosh over my head.’
    • ‘Once in a while a pedestrian stepped off the sidewalk and the traffic swooshed round them like water hitting a weir.’
    • ‘‘Or not,’ Rob laughed, after the ball had swooshed through the net.’
    • ‘When trains swoosh by, they temporarily drown out the birds and force gardeners to either stop talking or yell to be heard above the din.’
    • ‘I threw the ball in the air, but instead of swooshing through the net, it hit the rim, bounced back and hit me in the face!’
    • ‘We pause on Park Avenue, cabs swooshing past, slick, chill streets, slippery sidewalks, a grey evening, a nondescript night.’
    • ‘He reached over and pushed the tiny button for the third floor and the doors swooshed slowly closed.’
    • ‘Finally they all swooshed to a halt and we clapped heartily, while feeling a bit disconcerted by the whole thing.’
    • ‘Percy warned and I ducked just in time to see a spear swoosh past my face.’
    • ‘Brian walked over to the door and peeked out as it swooshed open.’
    • ‘Trucks and cars swoosh past us occasionally, otherwise we are cocooned in the subliminal hum of the forest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She watches as a new model bus swooshes past, and shakes her head.’


Mid 19th century: imitative.