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slosh

[slosh] /slɒʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to splash or move through water, mud, or slush.
2.
(of a liquid) to move about actively within a container.
verb (used with object)
3.
to stir or splash (something) around in a fluid:
to slosh the mop in the pail.
4.
to splash (liquid) clumsily or haphazardly:
She sloshed tea all over her new suit. They sloshed the paint over the wall.
noun
5.
watery mire or partly melted snow; slush.
6.
the lap or splash of liquid:
the slosh of waves against the shore.
7.
a small quantity of liquid:
a slosh of milk in the pail.
8.
a watery or weak drink.
Origin of slosh
1805-1815
1805-15; perhaps blend of slop1 and slush
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Examples from the Web for sloshing
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  • Twice they heard a sloshing a few feet away, and then the scuttling of an unseen animal.

    The Jewels of Aptor Samuel R. Delany
  • This kept the sloshing of the quicksilver from hurting the horses so much.

  • sloshing in the pool was an ancient reptile who clearly was one of the leaders.

    The Repairman Harry Harrison
  • There was water behind us, sloshing in the darkness as the lights went out.

    The Worlds of If Stanley Grauman Weinbaum
  • sloshing through water and mud, they reached the barrier fence and climbed over.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
  • The boy was leaning over the water trough, sloshing his face.

    Captives of the Flame Samuel R. Delany
  • I'm glad I'm on top and not sloshing around in the Gulf right now.

    Boy Scouts in Southern Waters G. Harvey Ralphson
  • It'll do just as much good as sloshing your duds around in the water.

  • Well, I shall be slishing and sloshing to you when I come home, Mrs. Twomey!

    Mount Music E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
British Dictionary definitions for sloshing

slosh

/slɒʃ/
noun
1.
watery mud, snow, etc
2.
(Brit, slang) a heavy blow
3.
the sound of splashing liquid
4.
a popular dance with a traditional routine of steps, kicks, and turns performed in lines
verb
5.
(transitive; foll by around, on, in, etc) (informal) to throw or pour (liquid)
6.
(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
7.
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to deal a heavy blow to
8.
(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 sloshing

slosh

n.

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

v.

"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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