Definition of whoosh in English:


Syllabification: whoosh
Pronunciation: /(h)wo͞oSH, (h)wo͝oSH
(also woosh)


  • Move or cause to move quickly or suddenly with a rushing sound: [no object]: a train whooshed by (as adjective whooshing) there was a loud whooshing noise
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    • And the channel rail link wasn't even a dream then, but now runs through a cutting at the bottom of the village, with trains whooshing past every half hour of so.
    • One of the persistent legends that attaches to Saville, is that, like the author Douglas Adams, he loves the sound of deadlines whooshing past.
    • I stopped talking, and relaxed in the cushy seat to hear the light whooshing sound of the train speeding along the track.


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  • A sudden movement accompanied by a rushing sound: there was a big whoosh of air
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    • Most electronic music is still founded on blips, bleeps, whooshes, and other ‘spacey’ sounds.
    • Or is it a triple CD packed full of interminable electronic bleeps and whooshes, both inaccessible and incomprehensible?
    • Even the instrumental is all atmospheric whooshes and no concrete melodies.


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  • Used to imitate a rushing movement and sound.
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    • And then, just when he has finished building a double-digit lead in the polls, whoosh!
    • The Cape Cod trip seems to have dislodged some old memories - they come crashing down, a bit like watching the polar caps give way, whoosh!
    • You know in old movies, they'd have a calendar that used to go whoosh!


mid 19th century: imitative.

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