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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
Contemporary Examples
  • Then with a whoosh in came Elliott Woods, the contributor of a piece titled “Veterans of a Foreign War.”

    A Literary Tribute Roxanne Coady September 9, 2011
Historical Examples
  • There was a whoosh of fire and a flare from the launcher's nose.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
  • It folded over with a whoosh, grabbing its middle, as the toy wobbled off in eccentric flight.

    The Enormous Room Horace Leonard Gold
  • "I whoosh't—I woosh't was so we could hev pie," sighed one such.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Bram Forest drove his left fist into the guard's belly and heard the whoosh of air escaping from his lungs.

    Quest of the Golden Ape Ivar Jorgensen
  • Pa was the first to get to the head of the stairs, and he stuck his head in the kitchen, and drew a long breath, and said 'whoosh!

  • A whoosh of fire swept past the cabin, missed them as Case sent the ship into a dive.

    Beyond The Thunder H. B. Hickey
  • You want to whoosh off in a nice little love whoosh and love yourself.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
  • Before he could examine it, or move toward the door, Penny, with a mighty “whoosh” blew out the candle.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • You can whoosh if you like, and get excited and carried away loving a woman, or humanity, or God.

    Aaron's Rod D. H. Lawrence
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for whoosh

1856, of imitative origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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