Definition of swoosh in English:


Line breaks: swoosh
Pronunciation: /swuːʃ
, 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] Back to top  
  • 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.

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