verb (used without object)
to move with or make a sibilant sound, as a slender rod cutting sharply through the air or as small waves washing on the shore.
to rustle, as silk.
to move or behave in an exaggeratedly effeminate manner.
verb (used with object)
to flourish, whisk, etc., with a swishing movement or sound: to swish a cane.
to bring, take, cut, etc., with such a movement or sound: to swish off the tops of plants with a cane.
to flog or whip.
a swishing movement or sound.
a stock or rod for flogging or a stroke with this.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. an effeminate male homosexual.
Slang. swishy ( def 2 ).
Chiefly British Informal. stylishly elegant; fashionable.

1750–60; imitative

swisher, noun
swishingly, adverb
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swish (swɪʃ)
vb (foll by off)
1.  to move with or make or cause to move with or make a whistling or hissing sound
2.  (intr) (esp of fabrics) to rustle
3.  slang, rare (tr) to whip; flog
4.  to cut with a swishing blow
5.  a hissing or rustling sound or movement
6.  a rod for flogging or a blow from such a rod
7.  slang (US) an effeminate male homosexual
8.  a W African building material composed of mortar and mud or laterite, or more recently of cement and earth
9.  informal chiefly (Brit) fashionable; smart
10.  slang (US) effeminate and homosexual
[C18: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1756, probably imitative of the sound made by something brushing against or through something. The noun is from 1820; sense of "effeminate homosexual" is 1930s in homosexual slang, probably from notion of mincing motion.
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Slang Dictionary

swish definition

  1. mod.
    overly fancy; effeminate; displaying effeminacy. : The lobby of the theater was a little swish, but not offensive.
  2. n.
    elaborate decoration; effeminacy. : What this place needs is more swish. Hang some baubles here and there.
  3. n.
    a gay male. (Rude and derogatory.) : This place is full of swishes. Let's leave.
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Example sentences
It was a cold, damp night but without the swish of breeze or patter of rain.
So they spend vast amounts of time stuffing and lubricating clients in private booths in swish restaurants.
Follow that treatment with a swish in hot water to which a bit of dish detergent has been added.
Step on a dog sled and be carried away by the exuberance of a team in harness and the soft swish of sled runners on snow.
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