Definitions

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

  • n. A sibilant sound: the whoosh of the high-speed elevator.
  • n. A swift movement or flow; a rush or spurt.
  • intransitive v. To make a soft sibilant sound.
  • intransitive v. To move or flow swiftly with or as if with such a sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A breathy sound like that of an object passing at high speed.
  • v. To make a breathy sound like a whoosh.

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

  • v. gush or squirt out
  • n. the noise produced by the sudden rush of a fluid (a gas or liquid)
  • v. move with a whooshing sound
  • v. move with a sibilant sound

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Barbara went out to the parking lot and a lot more men in suits with earpieces came down into the lobby and then "whoosh" - a huddle came out of the elevator, jumped into a car and was gone.

    Susan Eleuterio: Being Barack Obama

  • Led by Rahm Emanuel, a stalwart Clintonian factotum and grandee of the now obsolete DLC, the exodus from Clinton's campaign recalled the whoosh of gas escaping from a hot air balloon over the Grand Canyon.

    Michael Carmichael: Obama's Pivot

  • Among other segments, the boob-a-thon included Anna Nicole Smith pantomiming the various sizes of implants she has had using a "whoosh" - like noise and an all-bra fashion show with running commentary from a male audience member ( "Me like that one.

    Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch

  • Foods that go "whoosh" don't leave us with a sense of being well fed.

    From 'The End of Overeating'

  • There was a wonderful 'whoosh' every time one of the blades came round.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Like the "whoosh" music sting that Buffy the Vampire Slayer had before every act break and which other shows have copied since then.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • My tires made satisfying "whoosh" noises as I launched off each one, catching a little bit of blissful air before landing with a crunch back in the dirt.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • Also, if you listen closely, you can hear a kind of "whoosh" from the cape right before they land on the car, which could have slowed them down significantly enough to save them.

    Toronto Review: Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno « FirstShowing.net

  • We don't need this extraneous garbage any more than we need the "whoosh" sound between TV news items, or quick-cuts replacing dialogue in movies, but those are the trends.

    Outlawed

  • The participants had to say "whoosh" when handing it to the right or left, while an imaginary throw across the circle required a "zap."

    U.S. Olympic Training Features

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  • Neat quote, yarb.

    May 15, 2009

  • ...drank a large Campari
    with two ice chunks and a whoosh of soda...

    - Peter Reading, Luncheon, from The Prison Cell and Barrel Mystery, 1976

    June 23, 2008