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swish / swish/ • v. [intr.] move with a hissing or rushing sound: a car swished by. ∎  [tr.] cause to move with such a sound: a girl came in, swishing her long skirts. ∎  aim a swinging blow at something: he swished at a bramble with a piece of stick. ∎  [tr.] Basketball sink (a shot) without the ball touching the backboard or rim. • n. 1. a hissing or rustling sound: he could hear the swish of a distant car. ∎  a rapid swinging movement: the cow gave a swish of its tail. ∎  Basketball, inf. a shot that goes through the basket without touching the backboard or rim. 2. inf., offens. an effeminate male homosexual. • adj. inf., offens. effeminate.