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[hwish, wish] /ʰwɪʃ, wɪʃ/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to make, or move with, a whiz or swish.
a whishing sound.
Origin of whish
1510-20; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Then—whish, roar, eclipse, darkness and sulphureted hydrogen!

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • Your skates are steel, and your legs feel the same as stroke, whish!

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • Pick me out a whip-cord thong with some dainty knots in it—and now—we all deserve it—whish, whish, whish!

    Roundabout Papers William Makepeace Thackeray
  • And on reaching the pond, they opened the sluice, and whish!

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Presently George crossed the floor with a burden; there was the "whish" of the blankets being unrolled—and then a slight pause.

    Gunman's Reckoning Max Brand
  • If we did, 'whish, whish,' and our heads would be off before we could turn!

    Little Sky-High Hezekiah Butterworth
  • whishwhish; alas for the horse which cannot wind and turn like a hare!

    Prose Idylls Charles Kingsley
  • Toward Caddam, nevertheless, they advanced, hearing nothing but a distant wind and the whish of their legs in the broom.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • There is heard only the “whish” of wings as the buzzards return to their interrupted repast.

    The Fatal Cord Mayne Reid
  • General whish captured the town of Multan, and by terrible bombardment of the citadel brought Mulraj to surrender.

British Dictionary definitions for whish


noun, verb
a less common word for swish
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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