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[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee] /ˈmʌʃ i, ˈmʊʃ i/
adjective, mushier, mushiest.
resembling mush; pulpy.
Informal. overly emotional or sentimental:
mushy love letters.
Origin of mushy
First recorded in 1830-40; mush1 + -y1
Related forms
mushily, adverb
mushiness, noun Unabridged
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  • She did not look, at that moment, in the least degree "mushy."

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • Maudina was like her name, pretty, but sort of soft and mushy.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Worst of it was, I could feel myself grinnin' back at her just as mushy.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Nothin' mushy about glancin' casual at it now and then, was there?

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • Then, too, the speeches and music will be mushy instead of being clear.

British Dictionary definitions for mushy


adjective mushier, mushiest
soft and pulpy
(informal) excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Forms
mushily, adverb
mushiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mushy

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

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



Sentimental: The kid got mushy with the broad/ If you expected Al Unser Sr to get all mushy-gushy and misty-eyed, you don't know Al Unser Sr (1839+)

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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