- meal, especially cornmeal, boiled in water or milk until it forms a thick, soft mass, or until it is stiff enough to mold into a loaf for slicing and frying.
- any thick, soft mass.
- mawkish sentimentality or amorousness.
- anything unpleasantly or contemptibly lacking in coherence, force, dignity, etc.: His entire argument was simply mush.
- to squeeze or crush; crunch: to mush all the candy together in a sticky ball.
Origin of mush1
- to go or travel, especially over snow with a dog team and sled.
- to drive or spur on (sled dogs or a sled drawn by dogs).
- go! (used as an order to start or speed up a dog team)
- a trip or journey, especially across snow and ice with a dog team.
Origin of mush2
Examples from the Web for mush
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
First of all, no one says “mush” when they want the dogs to go.Iceland Is Beautiful. And Sooo Weird.
April 17, 2014
And because it makes us mush our words, as when we talk to babies.Zany, Cute, Interesting: What the Words We Use Say About Us
October 23, 2012
Children play with forks, using the sharp tines to reduce green beans to a mush, or to turn potatoes pink with ketchup.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
He was actually soft as mush, straining to mollify Hispanics without roiling his own nativist base.Immigration Could Sink Mitt Romney Regardless of Supreme Court Rulings
June 26, 2012
Mush of acorn meal which I had left in my pot had been eaten.The Trail Book
Furthermore, the mush of “vegetables” surrounding the house was more than fulfilled.The Law-Breakers
And his head ain't all mush and seeds like a pumpkin, if I'm any judge.Thankful's Inheritance
Joseph C. Lincoln
It means just moonshine and mush and lookin' into each other's eyes, that's about all.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He is probably an edifying spectacle by this time, a mush of maudlin penitence.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
- a soft pulpy mass or consistency
- US a thick porridge made from corn meal
- informal cloying sentimentality
- radio interference in reception, esp a hissing noise
- (tr) to reduce (a substance) to a soft pulpy mass
- an order to dogs in a sled team to start up or go faster
- to travel by or drive a dog sled
- (intr) to travel on foot, esp with snowshoes
- a journey with a dogsled
- a slang word for face (def. 1)
- British slang a familiar or contemptuous term of address
Word Origin and History for mush
"kind of porridge," 1670s, in the American colonies, variant of mash (n.) "soft mixture." Meaning "anything soft and thick" is attested from 1824.
command to sled dogs, first recorded 1862, as mouche, perhaps altered from French marchons! "advance!" (imperative of marcher "to march;" see march (v.)).
"to pound to a pulp," 1781, from mush (n.). Related: Mushed; mushing.