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Princeton's WordNet

  1. swishadjective

    a brushing or rustling sound

  2. classy, posh, swishverb

    elegant and fashionable

    "classy clothes"; "a classy dame"; "a posh restaurant"; "a swish pastry shop on the Rue du Bac"- Julia Child

  3. lap, swish, swosh, swooshverb

    move with or cause to move with a whistling or hissing sound

    "The bubbles swoshed around in the glass"; "The curtain swooshed open"


  1. swishnoun

    A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.

  2. swishnoun

    A sound of liquid flowing inside a container.

  3. swishnoun

    A movement of an animal's tail

  4. swishnoun

    A twig or bundle of twigs, used for administering beatings; a switch

  5. swishnoun

    A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.

  6. swishnoun

    An effeminate male homosexual.

  7. swishverb

    To make a rustling sound while moving.

    "She swishes the comb through her hair."

  8. swishverb

    To make a shot, as a perfect swish.

  9. swishadjective

    sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.

    This restaurant looks very swish uE000120479uE001 it even has linen tablecloths.

  10. swishadjective


Webster Dictionary

  1. Swishverb

    to flourish, so as to make the sound swish

    Etymology: [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]

  2. Swishverb

    to flog; to lash

    Etymology: [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]

  3. Swishverb

    to dash; to swash

    Etymology: [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]

  4. Swishnoun

    a sound of quick movement, as of something whirled through the air

    Etymology: [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]

  5. Swishnoun

    light driven spray

    Etymology: [From the sound. Cf. Swash.]


  1. Swish

    Swish is an often derogatory British English slang term for effeminate behaviour and interests, emphasized and sanctioned in pre-Stonewall gay male communities. This behaviour is also described as being nelly. Wentworth and Flexner define swish as a noun meaning "a male homosexual, esp. one with obviously feminine traits". Being swish includes sashaying and the use of limp wrists, falsetto voices, feminine pronouns, and superlatives—basically, everything up to the other side of camp, or drag. Extravagant language is common. Such expressions as 'Oh my word!' 'Give you a clue' 'Good heavens!' and 'Oh, my dear!' are readily associated with other aspects of a feminine man. In describing ordinary experiences the male variant is likely to use such words as 'terrific,' 'fabulous,' 'completely devoted,' 'horrible,' 'tremendous,' 'oh, honey,' 'sublimely,' 'charming,' 'appalling,' 'vicious,' 'fierce,' 'loathed,' and 'madly.' Exaggerations are made more conspicuous by placing undue or inappropriate emphasis on certain syllables and intonations which leave little doubt of the effeminacy of the speaker." Although being butch was viewed as deviant and socially unacceptable by gay male society, being swish has since lost its mainstream gay status post-Stonewall, and in addition to being used occasionally by mainstream culture is now most often derogatory even when used by gay men. Though it may be assumed that most post-Stonewall gay men view acting swish as internalized homophobia, a concession to stereotypes of gay men as less than manly. However, the Castro clone, a hyper-masculine, macho standard and ideal behaviour that replaced swish—adapted many camp elements such as dish.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Swish

    swish, v.t. to cause to move or to cut with a whistling sound: to flog, thrash.—n. a swishing sound.—adv. in a swishing manner or with such a sound.—ns. Swish′er, one who swishes or flogs; Swish′-swash, a swishing action or sound: a washy drink. [Imit.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. swish

    An old term for the light driving spray of the sea.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of swish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of swish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of swish in a Sentence

  1. Princess Anne:

    When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth paw the ground and swish my tail --- none of which is easy.

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