Definition of swoosh in English:

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Pronunciation: /swuːʃ/
Pronunciation: /swʊʃ/


1The sound produced by a sudden rush of air or liquid: the swoosh of surf
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  • 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.
  • 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.
2An emblem or design representing a flash or stripe of colour: white running shoes with the Nike swoosh
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  • In the last twenty years we've gone from logos with horizontal stripes (a la IBM) to swooshes to geometric shapes (Target).
  • 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 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
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  • Cars are swooshing by every so often and I find myself almost transfixed watching them.
  • The sound of it sounds like something sizzling in a pan but with cars swooshing by.
  • Trucks and cars swoosh past us occasionally, otherwise we are cocooned in the subliminal hum of the forest.


Mid 19th century: imitative.

Words that rhyme with swoosh

barouche, cartouche, douche, farouche, louche, ruche, sloosh, tarboosh

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