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Definition of mash

verb (used with object)
noun
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Origin of mash

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English mash- and Old English mǣsc-, noun used in compounds, as in Middle English mashfat and Old English mǣscfat “mash-vat,” and mǣscwyrt “mash wort”; cognate with German Maische

Other definitions for mash (2 of 3)

mash2
[ mash ]
/ mæʃ /
Older Slang.

noun
a flirtation or infatuation.
a person who seeks another's affection or who is the object of affection.
verb (used with object)
to flirt with; court the affections of.

Origin of mash

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First recorded in 1870–75; originally theatrical argot; further origin uncertain; cf. flirt, sweetheart, lover

Other definitions for mash (3 of 3)

MASH
[ mash ]
/ mæʃ /

noun
mobile army surgical hospital.
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British Dictionary definitions for mash (1 of 2)

mash
/ (mæʃ) /

noun
verb (tr)

Derived forms of mash

mashed, adjectivemasher, noun

Word Origin for mash

Old English mǣsc- (in compound words); related to Middle Low German mēsch

British Dictionary definitions for mash (2 of 2)

MASH
/ (mæʃ) /

n acronym for (in the US)
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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Cultural definitions for mash

M*A*S*H

A film and later a television series about the staff of a battlefield hospital during the Korean War; M*A*S*H is an acronym for “mobile army surgical hospital.” The film and the television program offered humor and serious observations about politics, love, friendship, and war.

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