swish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj swish elegant and fashionable "classy clothes","a classy dame","a posh restaurant","a swish pastry shop on the Rue du Bac"- Julia Child"
    • v swish move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound "The bubbles swoshed around in the glass","The curtain swooshed open"
    • n swish a brushing or rustling sound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Water based mammals like dolphins and whales swish their tails up and down. Only fish move them sideways.
    • Swish A sound of quick movement, as of something whirled through the air.
    • Swish (Naut) Light driven spray.
    • v. i Swish To dash; to swash.
    • Swish To flog; to lash.
    • Swish To flourish, so as to make the sound swish.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • swish To flog; lash.
    • swish To flourish; brandish; make quick, cutting motions with; switch.
    • swish To affect by swishing: as, to swish off the heads of flowers with a cane.
    • swish To move, or make a movement, with a swash or flourish, or with a sound like the washing of small waves on the shore, or of swift movement through the air, of which the word swish is imitative.
    • n swish A sound as of water lapping the shore, or of swift movement through the air; a rustling.
    • n swish A swish-broom.
    • swish In a swishing manner, or with a swishing sound; with a swish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Swish swish to cause to move or to cut with a whistling sound: to flog, thrash
    • n Swish a swishing sound
    • adv Swish in a swishing manner or with such a sound
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the sound. Cf. Swash

Usage

In literature:

Arthur reported another half-foot; in all three feet six inches of water swishing against the engine-room bulkhead.
"Dan Merrithew" by Lawrence Perry
A flash of white in the gray distance, a thud and swish from a hidden place: the one is his beacon, the other his fog-horn.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
He heard a swishing sound and then felt the clown push him along on the ground.
"The Circus Comes to Town" by Lebbeus Mitchell
The bullets and shells struck our walls and defences in great swarms sometimes several hundred projectiles swishing down at a time.
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
It cut the air with a soft, sickly swish.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
No sound save the swish of the water about them was to be heard.
"The Meadow-Brook Girls by the Sea" by Janet Aldridge
Where are now the sweet voices and the swishing gowns?
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
Against her windows screamed and whined the wind, driving a swish of fine, hard snow in its breath.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
We were near our journey's end then, for at the foot of the embankment that sheered down at our left we heard the swish of a mountain-stream.
"The Soldier of the Valley" by Nelson Lloyd
The grass swished and swashed against the legs and ears of the Candy Rabbit as the cat carried him along.
"The Story of a Candy Rabbit" by Laura Lee Hope
It made a swishing sound as he swung it back and forth.
"Abe Lincoln Gets His Chance" by Frances Cavanah
He left in a steaming, swishing, streaming gale.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
He heard the swish of her dress pass up the stairs, and then the closing of a door.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
John and Flora scarcely heard her; but George gave ear until the last swish and rustle of her ascent through the brush died away.
"The Harbor Master" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
She heard it, but the swish of the trees lining the gorge was in her straining ears and half drowned its sullen sound.
"The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow" by Anna Katharine Green
How still it was; only the swish of water astern, and the continuous patter of rain.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
And also the swish of the satin as it went by my door, and the tap of high-heeled shoes.
"The Story of Bawn" by Katharine Tynan
Swish-swish-swish came another salvo which I thought was meant for us, but it passed by and struck where there was no target.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
A soft little swish was heard at the door and Mrs. Bartlett entered the room.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
I sat on the bulwark, listening to the falling rain and the swish of the dark tide, and thinking of home.
"Stories of Achievement, Volume IV (of 6)" by Various
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In poetry:

The foamy waves are swishing
As patiently we thud,
But O the wave of wishing
That surges in my blood!
"The Liner" by John Le Gay Brereton
Stars in the night's soft black,
Leaves that swish soft like rain
And one old hour come back
And one choice given again.
"Fulfilment" by Margaret Widdemer
And, haply, when the evening droops
Her amber eyelids in the west,
Here one might hear the swish of hoops,
Or catch the glint of hat or vest,
As two dim lovers past him pressed.
"A Street Of Ghosts" by Madison Julius Cawein
And when you've ascinded that precipice splindid
You see on its summit a wondtherful show—
A lovely Swish building, all painting and gilding,
The famous Pavilion of sweet Pimlico.
"The Pimlico Pavilion" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Fair is the mead; the lawn is fair
And the birds sing sweet on the lea;
But the echo soft of a song aloft
Is the strain that pleases me;
And swish of rope and ring of chain
Are music to men who sail the main.
"A Sailor's Song" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The birch has yellowed since I saw you last,
The Fall haze blued as the creeks,
The big pine bellowed as the snow swished past,
But still, above the peaks,
The same stars twinkle that we used to know.
The wind is blowin' and I want you so.
"The Wind Is Blowin'" by Badger Clark Jr

In news:

The San Angelo SWISH eighth grade basketball team earned second place at the Southwest Regional Championships held in San Marcos.
A 'Telly Nelly' Tells All: Secrets of On-Camera Swish .
Swish 2.0: Flash for Dummies.
Then he swished a jump shot.
The first 15 seconds of Lamar Odom's debut with the Dallas Mavericks was sensational as he swished a 3-pointer that tied the score with about five minutes left in the first quarter.
Weller nearly scored as many points as the Eagles did as she swished in 20 points while adding eight rebounds Monday night.
The sounds are unmistakable — a thundering thud, followed by a swish of a net.
With just one swish of his right foot, Sergio Aguero changed the landscape of English soccer forever.
Swish scored a five on the AP Calculus test and placed third on the Trig Star test last year.
Still, garbage buckets don't quite have the same smell as a Nik Stauskas swish or a Hardaway layup -leaving some to wonder if Morgan 's impact is going unnoticed.
The boy's tennis team played against Grantsville on Thursday, April 26th VARSITY SCORES: 1st Doubles: Swish Wiscombe and Ben Holland won 6-1 7-6 (7-5).
They are the ones swishing and swirling and purchasing by the case.
Sweetie 's tail is always swishing from side to side and she is a happy, affectionate and loving little dog.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi (L) and Nick Swish .
For more on " Swish ," his hair, and his guilty pleasure, read on.
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