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[slosh] /slɒʃ/
verb (used without object)
to splash or move through water, mud, or slush.
(of a liquid) to move about actively within a container.
verb (used with object)
to stir or splash (something) around in a fluid:
to slosh the mop in the pail.
to splash (liquid) clumsily or haphazardly:
She sloshed tea all over her new suit. They sloshed the paint over the wall.
watery mire or partly melted snow; slush.
the lap or splash of liquid:
the slosh of waves against the shore.
a small quantity of liquid:
a slosh of milk in the pail.
a watery or weak drink.
Origin of slosh
1805-15; perhaps blend of slop1 and slush Unabridged
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  • I hold on to it with both hands, so my beer will not slosh over the side.

    The Flying Cuspidors V. R. Francis
  • So slosh, slosh, into the biggest brown puddle he could find he went.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • Just where is Schloss (she pronounced it 'slosh') what-you-may-call-it?

    My Friend the Chauffeur C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • They were to be married as soon as Kerner could slosh paint profitably.

  • Turkey and Italy hardly done when all these Balkan chaps set to and slosh Turkey.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • And when he'd move they'd squeak, and make eyes at him as they went up to the slosh.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • I go after the boss, and old Brockmann hikes up to the slosh on the jump.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • In New York the streets were afloat with liquid mud and slosh.

    Sketches and Studies Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • These layers of ice become numerous and are parallel to each other, like the layers of ice formed from slosh.

British Dictionary definitions for slosh


watery mud, snow, etc
(Brit, slang) a heavy blow
the sound of splashing liquid
a popular dance with a traditional routine of steps, kicks, and turns performed in lines
(transitive; foll by around, on, in, etc) (informal) to throw or pour (liquid)
(informal) when intr, often foll by about or around
  1. to shake or stir (something) in a liquid
  2. (of a person) to splash (around) in water, etc
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to deal a heavy blow to
(informal) usually foll by about or around. to shake (a container of liquid) or (of liquid within a container) to be shaken
Derived Forms
sloshy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: variant of slush, influenced by slop1
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Word Origin and History for slosh

1814, "slush, sludge, a watery mess," probably a blend of slush and slop (n.1) in its Middle English sense of "muddy place."


"to splash about in mud or wet," 1844, from slosh (n.). Meaning "to pour carelessly" is recorded from 1875. Related: Sloshed; sloshing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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