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mushy

[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee]
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adjective, mush·i·er, mush·i·est.
  1. resembling mush; pulpy.
  2. Informal. overly emotional or sentimental: mushy love letters.
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Origin of mushy

First recorded in 1830–40; mush1 + -y1
Related formsmush·i·ly, adverbmush·i·ness, noun
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  • Oliver was making a good argument with no mushiness about it, and he had a long-settled habit of appreciating Ollie's arguments.

    The Preliminaries

    Cornelia A. P. Comer


British Dictionary definitions for mushiness

mushy

adjective mushier or mushiest
  1. soft and pulpy
  2. informal excessively sentimental or emotional
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Derived Formsmushily, adverbmushiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mushiness

n.

1890, from mushy + -ness. Figurative sense of "sentimentality" attested from 1946.

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mushy

adj.

"soft, pulpy, 1839; "sentimental," 1870; from mush (n.) + -y (2). Mush (n.) in a transferred sense of "sentimentality" is attested from 1908.

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