Swish definition

swĭsh
To move with a hissing or whistling sound.
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(basketball) A shot that goes through the net of the basket without hitting the backboard or rim.
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To cause to move with a swishing sound.

The horse swished its tail.

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To rustle, as silk.
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To swirl or agitate (a liquid) in a glass or in the mouth with a swishing sound.
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Swish is defined as to move or to cause to move with a light sound.

An example of to swish is to mix mouthwash around in the mouth.

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To move with a sharp, hissing sound, as a cane swung through the air.
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To move with a light, brushing sound, as skirts in walking.
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To whip with a rod.
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A rod used for flogging.
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(offensive slang) Used as a disparaging term for a gay man.
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A sharp whistling or rustling sound.

The swish of scythes.

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A movement making such a sound.
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(chiefly british) Fashionable; posh.
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(offensive slang) Effeminate.
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(basketball) To pass through the basket without hitting the hoop or backboard.
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To cause to swish.
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To move (liquid), esp. in the mouth, with a light, hissing or gurgling sound.

Swish the mouthwash around.

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(basketball) To cause (a ball) to swish.
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A hissing or rustling sound.
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A movement, etc. that makes this sound.
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(slang) An effeminate male homosexual.
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(brit., informal) Fashionable.
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(slang) Of, like, or for effeminate male homosexuals.
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(UK, colloquial) Sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.

This restaurant looks very swish "” it even has linen tablecloths.

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A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.
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A sound of liquid flowing inside a container.
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A movement of an animal's tail.
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A twig or bundle of twigs, used for administering beatings; a switch.
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(basketball) A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
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An effeminate male homosexual.
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To make a rustling sound while moving.

The cane swishes.

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To flourish with a swishing sound.

To swish a cane back and forth.

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(slang, dated) To flog; to lash.

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(basketball) To make a successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
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(gay slang) To mince or otherwise to behave in an effeminate manner.

I shall not swish; I'll merely act limp-wristed.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
swish
Plural:
swishes

Adjective

Base Form:
swish
Comparative:
swisher
Superlative:
swishest

Origin of swish

  • Imitative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition