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[mash] /mæʃ/
mobile army surgical hospital. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mashs


a soft pulpy mass or consistency
(agriculture) a feed of bran, meal, or malt mixed with water and fed to horses, cattle, or poultry
(esp in brewing) a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water, from which malt is extracted
(Brit, informal) mashed potatoes
(Northern English, dialect) a brew of tea
verb (transitive)
to beat or crush into a mash
to steep (malt grains) in hot water in order to extract malt, esp for making malt liquors
(Northern English, dialect) to brew (tea)
(archaic) to flirt with
Derived Forms
mashed, adjective
masher, noun
Word Origin
Old English mǣsc- (in compound words); related to Middle Low German mēsch


noun acronym (in the US)
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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Word Origin and History for mashs



"soft mixture," late Old English *masc (in masc-wyrt "mash-wort, infused malt"), from Proto-Germanic *maisk- (cf. Swedish mäsk "grains for pigs," German Maisch "crushed grapes, infused malt," Old English meox "dung, filth"), from PIE *meik- "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Originally a word in brewing; general sense of "anything reduced to a soft pulpy consistency" is recorded from 1590s, as is the figurative sense "confused mixture, muddle." Short for mashed potatoes it is attested from 1904.


Old English mæscan, "to mix with hot water," from same root as mash (n.). Meaning "to beat into a soft mass" is mid-13c. Related: Mashed; mashing. For romantic sense, see masher.

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mashs in Medicine

MASH abbr.
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

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Slang definitions & phrases for mashs



  1. Love or a love affair: just another mash (1920s+)
  2. A lover, of either sex: her latest big mash (1879+)


  1. To make a sexual advance to; proposition: I wouldn't try to mash anybody like you (1882+)
  2. To neck, pet, etc; make out: My blind date and I felt just a little uncomfortable when you guys started mashing in the backseat last night (1980s+ Students)

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Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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mashs in the Bible

(= Meshech 1 Chr. 1:17), one of the four sons of Aram, and the name of a tribe descended from him (Gen. 10:23) inhabiting some part probably of Mesopotamia. Some have supposed that they were the inhabitants of Mount Masius, the present Karja Baghlar, which forms part of the chain of Taurus.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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