- 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 mushing
The nearest camp is two good days mushing, with good fresh dogs.The Snow-Burner
There were two more in their gang, who were across the river "mushing" in Harrisburg.The Road
"Come on, Shorty; we'll be getting along," Smoke said, mushing the dogs.Smoke Bellew
The Indian guide was mushing before, bent low with the weight of his pack, and head lowered to the sweep of the wind.The Gold Girl
James B. Hendryx
Now he fancied himself again a schoolboy, now a ranger in Arizona, now mushing on the snow trails of Alaska.A Daughter of the Dons
William MacLeod Raine
- 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 mushing
"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.