Swoop vs Swish - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between swoop and swish

is that swoop is to seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep while swish is to flourish with a swishing sound.

As verbs the difference between swoop and swish

is that swoop is to fly or glide downwards suddenly; to plunge (in the air) or nosedive while swish is to make a rustling sound while moving.

As nouns the difference between swoop and swish

is that swoop is an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downward while swish is a short rustling, hissing or whistling sound, often made by friction.

As an adjective swish is

(british|colloquial) sophisticated; fashionable; smooth.

swoop

English

Verb

(en-verb) (intransitive)
  • to fly or glide downwards suddenly; to plunge (in the air) or nosedive
  • The lone eagle swooped down into the lake, snatching its prey, a small fish.
  • to move swiftly, as if with a sweeping movement, especially to attack something
  • The dog had enthusiastically swooped down on the bone.
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • There was a person called Nana who ruled the nursery. Sometimes she took no notice of the playthings lying about, and sometimes, for no reason whatever, she went swooping about like a great wind and hustled them away in cupboards.
  • To fall on at once and seize; to catch while on the wing.
  • A hawk swoops a chicken.
  • To seize; to catch up; to take with a sweep.
  • * Dryden
  • And now at last you came to swoop it all.
  • * Glanvill
  • The grazing ox which swoops it [the medicinal herb] in with the common grass.
  • To pass with pomp; to sweep.
  • (Drayton)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • an instance, or the act of suddenly plunging downward
  • The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim. – Sun Tzu
  • * 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
  • One evening, when the Boy was going to bed, he couldn't find the china dog that always slept with him. Nana was in a hurry, and it was too much trouble to hunt for china dogs at bedtime, so she simply looked about her, and seeing that the toy cupboard door stood open, she made a swoop .
  • an act of rushedly doing something
  • Fortune's a right whore. If she give ought, she deals it in small parcels, that she may take away all at one swoop . – John Webster
  • (music) passing quickly from one note to the next
  • Anagrams

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    swish

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • (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

    (es)
  • 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

    (es)
  • To make a rustling sound while moving.
  • The cane swishes .
  • To flourish with a swishing sound.
  • to swish a cane back and forth
    (Coleridge)
  • (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.