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[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
a person or thing that mashes.
Origin of masher1
First recorded in 1490-1500; mash1 + -er1


[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
noun, Slang.
a man who makes advances, especially to women he does not know, with a view to physical intimacy.
First recorded in 1880-85; mash2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So he is ever ready to drink a social glass, to give a pun and to be a "masher on the girls."

  • She went off to the Rue Hachette, and the masher tumbled into his wheelbox.

    Caught In The Net Emile Gaboriau
  • Arch knew how to manage La Porte, who was vain, and prided himself upon being a 'masher.'

    Out of a Labyrinth Lawrence L. Lynch
  • Indeed, to make a long story short I had got to be a regular “masher.”

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • The Growler and the masher rolled him in one of the blankets of the bed and tied him up securely.

    The Crystal Stopper Maurice LeBlanc
  • If you see my masher, tell him I've met with somebody a bit more like a man.

    In the Year of Jubilee George Gissing
  • And the least that they give a masher is ten days on the Island.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • The feebleness of the masher's brain is only exceeded by the foulness of the masher's tongue.

    Phantom Fortune, A Novel M. E. Braddon
  • It was Soapy's design to assume the role of the despicable and execrated "masher."

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • The "masher" is an impertinence, a nuisance; but never, dear madam, never a danger.

    Stage Confidences Clara Morris
Word Origin and History for masher

"thing that mashes," c.1500, agent noun from mash (v.). Meaning "would-be lady-killer" is from 1875, American English, perhaps in use from 1860, probably from mash (v.) on notion either of "pressing one's attentions," or of "crushing someone else's emotions" (cf. crush).

He was, to use a Western expression, a 'regular heart-smasher among the women; and it may not be improper to state, just here, that no one had a more exalted opinion of his capabilities in that line than the aforesaid 'Jo' himself. ["Harper's New Monthly Magazine," March 1861]

He had a weakness to be considered a regular masher of female hearts and a very wicked young man with the fair sex generally, but there was not a well-authenticated instance of his ever having broken a heart in his life, nor likely to be one. [Gilbert A. Pierce, "Zachariah, The Congressman," Chicago, 1880]
Also in use late 19c were mash (n.) "a romantic fixation, crush" (1884); mash (v.) "excite sentimental admiration" (1882); mash-note "love letter" (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for masher



A man who habitually makes sexual approaches to women; lady-killer, wolf (1875+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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