from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Producing a swishing sound.
  • adj. Slang Effeminate.

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  • adj. Producing a swishing sound.
  • adj. Swish; fancy, posh, impressive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling a sustained `sh' or soft whistle


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  • "Here's a freaky dead animal necklace, and for the love of all that's holy, stay away from crazy British men in swishy coats."

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  • They enforced a code of silence about sex and attacked the “swishy type of homosexual who brought contempt and derision on the majority of homosexuals.”

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  • Orenstein cites stats that put Disney's haul for those swishy pink bits of polyester froth at over $4 billion in past years.

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  • Martin Ramin for The Wall Street Journal, Styling by Anne Cardenas Pasties reinterpreted into swishy emerald tassel earrings by Eddie Borgo. $320,

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  • The lines aren't there for their own sake, but for their relationship to something in the real world: a number of actual creatures, a route of actual migration of actual creatures, an area of concentration of scaly, cold, swishy bodies.


  • The most mind-boggling thing about Brüno is although he's founded on the basest gay stereotype possible (the swishy wisp of a man who craves fashion, fame and sex), he gives everyone he encounters reasons to hate him way beyond his gayness.


  • Unless you are a swishy fashion designer, they are gonna get it.

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  • The film centers around twelve year-old Maxi, a swishy boy whose preferences for girlish clothes, romantic movies and Miss Universe pageant reenactments makes him a target for teasing in his ghetto neighborhood.

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  • As soon as Mr. Big turns up with his swishy coat and his vehicles and guns and helicopter, she couldn't be happier.

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  • It was a beautiful bang of an evening with swishy chorus girls covering luminous curvy skin with a parade of splendid costumes, a hilarious magician, tap-dancing black men in top hats and tails, a sultry French singer, Trois Dandy Chanteurs, and a silent-era black-and-white movie short, not to mention the burlesque strip teasers who looked as if they'd stepped out of the 1930s with its glamorous fizz.

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