I. verb Etymology: imitative Date: 1518 transitive verb to urge on or cause to move with a whish intransitive verb 1. to make a sibilant sound 2. to move with a whish especially at high speed <
an elevator…whishes down to the lower level — Natalie Cooper
II. noun Date: circa 1802 a rushing sound ; swish

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whish — /hwish, wish/, v.i., v.t. 1. to make, or move with, a whiz or swish. n. 2. a whishing sound. [1510 20; imit.] * * * …   Universalium

  • whish — 1. noun /wɪʃ,ʍɪʃ/ A sibilant sound, especially that of rapid movement through the air. 2. verb /wɪʃ,ʍɪʃ/ To make such a sound …   Wiktionary

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  • whish — [[t](h)wɪʃ, wɪʃ[/t]] v. i. v. t. 1) to make or move with a rushing sound 2) a rushing sound • Etymology: 1510–20; imit …   From formal English to slang

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