To swish is to make something rush or hiss as it moves, or to move this way yourself. A bike might swish past you on a wet sidewalk, and you might swish your long dress as you continue walking.

A swish is the sound that's made when a person or thing swishes — the swish of a dish brush on a dirty pan in the sink, or the swish of water against a dock. A kite swishes through the air and so does a fencing epee or a fly swatter. In basketball, you swish when you make a clean basket, without the ball hitting the rim or the backboard. Swish is an example of onomatopoeia — when a word that sounds like its meaning.

Definitions of swish
  1. verb
    move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound
    synonyms: lap, swoosh, swosh
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  2. noun
    a brushing or rustling sound
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    type of:
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  3. adjective
    elegant and fashionable
    “"a swish pastry shop on the Rue du Bac"- Julia Child”
    synonyms: classy, posh
    fashionable, stylish
    having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress
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