whoosh
I. noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1856 a swift or explosive rush; also the sound created by such a rush — often used interjectionally II. verb Date: 1909 intransitive verb to rush past or move explosively <
cars whooshing along the expressway
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transitive verb to move (a person or thing) with or as if with a whoosh

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • whoosh — [wuʃ US wu:ʃ] v [I always + adverb/preposition] informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From the sound] to move very fast with a soft rushing sound >whoosh n [C usually singular] ▪ a sudden whoosh of flame and then a big bang …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • whoosh — [hwoosh, woosh] vi. [echoic] 1. to make the quick, hissing, or rushing sound of something moving swiftly through the air 2. to move swiftly with or as with this sound [rockets whooshed by] vt. to cause to whoosh n. a whooshing sound or movement… …   English World dictionary

  • whoosh — 1856, of imitative origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • whoosh — (also woosh) ► VERB ▪ move quickly or suddenly and with a rushing sound. ► NOUN ▪ a whooshing movement. ORIGIN imitative …   English terms dictionary

  • whoosh — [[t](h)w ʊʃ, AM hwu͟ːʃ[/t]] whooshes, whooshing, whooshed 1) EXCLAM (emphasis) People sometimes say whoosh when they are emphasizing the fact that something happens very suddenly or very fast. Then came the riders amid even louder cheers and… …   English dictionary

  • whoosh — whoosh1 [ wuʃ, hwuʃ ] noun singular INFORMAL a sound like the sound of air or water moving very quickly whoosh whoosh 2 [ wuʃ, hwuʃ ] verb intransitive INFORMAL to move very quickly somewhere, often making a sound like the wind when it blows: The …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • whoosh — I UK [wʊʃ] / US / US [hwʊʃ] noun [singular] informal a sound like the sound of air or water moving very quickly II UK [wʊʃ] / US / US [hwʊʃ] verb [intransitive] Word forms whoosh : present tense I/you/we/they whoosh he/she/it whooshes present… …   English dictionary

  • whoosh — /hwoohsh, hwoosh, woohsh, woosh/, n. 1. a loud, rushing noise, as of air or water: a great whoosh as the door opened. v.i. 2. to move swiftly with a gushing or hissing noise: gusts of wind whooshing through the trees. v.t. 3. to move (an object,… …   Universalium

  • whoosh — 1. noun /ʍʊʃ,wʊʃ,ʍuːʃ,wuːʃ/ A breathy sound like that of an object passing at high speed. 2. verb /ʍʊʃ,wʊʃ,ʍuːʃ,wuːʃ/ To make a breathy sound like a whoosh …   Wiktionary

  • whoosh — 1 noun (countable usually singular) a soft sound like air or water moving quickly: a sudden whoosh of flame and then a big bang 2 verb (intransitive always + adv/prep) informal to move very fast with a soft rushing sound …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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