Definition of swoosh in US English:

swoosh

noun

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

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

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move with a swoosh.

    ‘swooshing down beautiful ski slopes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 flip over in my bed so I'm now facing the ceiling, the material of my dress swooshing together as I do so.’
    • ‘I ducked just in time for her hand to swoosh over my head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He won't hear the door swoosh and he doesn't really watch the monitors unless there's a problem.’
    • ‘The red summer dressed swooshed around her legs as she slowly made her way past Renaldi.’
    • ‘Once she was past an arm's length away, the door swooshed closed.’
    • ‘Cars are swooshing by every so often and I find myself almost transfixed watching them.’
    • ‘We pause on Park Avenue, cabs swooshing past, slick, chill streets, slippery sidewalks, a grey evening, a nondescript night.’
    • ‘Percy warned and I ducked just in time to see a spear swoosh past my face.’
    • ‘She watches as a new model bus swooshes past, and shakes her head.’
    • ‘And he wasn't the one in tights, he was the one in the sparkly black robe thing that swooshed when he walked.’
    • ‘Finally they all swooshed to a halt and we clapped heartily, while feeling a bit disconcerted by the whole thing.’
    • ‘The doors swooshed open and he exited the elaborate elevator.’
    • ‘Once in a while a pedestrian stepped off the sidewalk and the traffic swooshed round them like water hitting a weir.’
    • ‘She then pivoted and the black skirt she wore swooshed around, her shoulder-length brown hair twirling.’
    • ‘The sound of it sounds like something sizzling in a pan but with cars swooshing by.’
    • ‘The dress swooshed when I moved and it would look beautiful when I curled my hair.’
    • ‘The car finally swooshed out of the traffic and everything became a blur of colors again.’
    • ‘The door swooshed shut behind them, but they left the lights on.’
    • ‘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 reached over and pushed the tiny button for the third floor and the doors swooshed slowly closed.’
    • ‘Brian walked over to the door and peeked out as it swooshed open.’
    • ‘‘Or not,’ Rob laughed, after the ball had swooshed through the net.’
    • ‘Dinael didn't say anything though, just swooshed past him with a whisper of fabric.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘The turquoise sea swooshed gently under the darkening sky.’
    • ‘I heard a pillow swoosh through the air and hit a head.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

swoosh

/swʊʃ//swo͝oSH/