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[hwoosh, hwoo sh, woosh, woo sh] /ʰwuʃ, ʰwʊʃ, wuʃ, wʊʃ/
a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water:
a great whoosh as the door opened.
verb (used without object)
to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise:
gusts of wind whooshing through the trees.
verb (used with object)
to move (an object, a person, etc.) with a whooshing motion or sound:
The storm whooshed the waves over the road.
Also, woosh.
Origin of whoosh
1840-50; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for whoosh
  • The groom turned, took four paces, and heard a ferocious whoosh behind him.
  • There's the whoosh and honking of traffic, and the smell of diesel and gasoline fumes rising in the air.
  • Suddenly a whoosh of air breezed over her cheek, around her ear.
  • And by the time you get to that little phone booth at the end and you dial that number to make the purchase, whoosh.
  • One small explosion, then a whoosh and pop, and then the entire storage area was engulfed in flames.
  • The only sound in the room was the steady whoosh from the ventilator.
British Dictionary definitions for whoosh


a hissing or rushing sound
a rush of emotion: a whoosh of happiness
(intransitive) to make or move with a hissing or rushing sound
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Word Origin and History for whoosh

1856, of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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