Swishes vs Swashes - What's the difference?

swishes | swashes |

As verbs the difference between swishes and swashes

is that swishes is (swish) while swashes is (swash).

As a noun swishes

is .




  • (swish)
  • Noun


  • swish



  • (British, colloquial) sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.
  • This restaurant looks very swish — it even has linen tablecloths.
  • Attractive, stylish
  • * 2014 , , " Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian , 18 October 2014:
  • The Saints, who started the day third in the table, went marching on thanks to their own swish play and some staggering defending by the visitors.
  • effeminate.
  • Noun

  • A short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.
  • A sound of liquid flowing inside a container.
  • *1898 , , (Moonfleet) Chapter 4
  • *:There were four or five men in the vault already, and I could hear more coming down the passage, and guessed from their heavy footsteps that they were carrying burdens. There was a sound, too, of dumping kegs down on the ground, with a swish of liquor inside them, and then the noise of casks being moved.
  • A movement of an animal's tail
  • A twig or bundle of twigs, used for administering beatings; a switch
  • (basketball) A successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  • An effeminate male homosexual.
  • Verb

  • To make a rustling sound while moving.
  • The cane swishes .
  • To flourish with a swishing sound.
  • to swish a cane back and forth
  • (transitive, slang, dated) To flog; to lash.
  • (Thackeray)
  • (basketball) To make a successful basketball shot that does not touch the rim or backboard.
  • (gay slang) To mince or otherwise to behave in an effeminate manner.
  • I shall not swish ; I'll merely act limp-wristed.




  • (swash)

  • swash



  • The water that washes up on shore after an incoming wave has broken
  • (typography) a long, protruding ornamental line or pen stroke found in some typefaces and styles of calligraphy.
  • A narrow sound or channel of water lying within a sand bank, or between a sand bank and the shore, or a bar over which the sea washes.
  • (obsolete) Liquid filth; wash; hog mash.
  • (obsolete) A blustering noise.
  • (obsolete) swaggering behaviour.
  • (obsolete) A swaggering fellow; a swasher.
  • (architecture) An oval figure, whose mouldings are oblique to the axis of the work.
  • (Moxon)
    (Webster 1913)


  • To swagger; to bluster and brag.
  • To dash or flow noisily; to splash.
  • *1851 ,
  • How the sea rolls swashing ‘gainst the side! Stand by for reefing, hearties!
  • To fall violently or noisily.
  • (Holinshed)

    See also

    * swashbuckler * swash letter


    (en adjective)
  • Soft, like overripe fruit; swashy; squashy.
  • (Pegge)