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verb (used with object)
  1. to crush: He mashed his thumb with a hammer.

  2. to reduce to a soft, pulpy mass, as by beating or pressure, especially in the preparation of food.

  1. to mix (crushed malt or meal of grain) with hot water to form wort.

  1. a soft, pulpy mass.

  2. a pulpy condition.

  1. a mixture of boiled grain, bran, meal, etc., fed warm to horses and cattle.

  2. crushed malt or meal of grain mixed with hot water to form wort.

  3. British Slang. mashed potatoes.

Origin of mash

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

Words Nearby mash

Other definitions for mash (2 of 3)

[ mash ]

  1. a flirtation or infatuation.

  2. a person who seeks another's affection or who is the object of affection.

verb (used with object)
  1. to flirt with; court the affections of.

Origin of mash

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

Other definitions for MASH (3 of 3)

[ mash ]

  1. mobile army surgical hospital. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mash in a sentence

  • The red cow ha' calved, an' no one here to see 'un, an' mother had to carry her a hot mash hersel'.

    The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
  • Then throw away the bees and lay the stings gently but firmly on a mash composed of the breasts of five Buff Orpington cockerels.

  • Why, if it wasn't for the fact that I'm feeling particularly happy to-night, I'd mash your mouth for that.

    An Arkansas Planter | Opie Percival Read
  • Horses that ought to be having a mash between their ribs make riders despond.

  • "Yes, and I'd like to know how you come to mash my mouth so dod-rottedly," said Sneak, in well-affected ill nature.

    Wild Western Scenes | John Beauchamp Jones

British Dictionary definitions for mash (1 of 2)


/ (mæʃ) /

  1. a soft pulpy mass or consistency

  2. agriculture a feed of bran, meal, or malt mixed with water and fed to horses, cattle, or poultry

  1. (esp in brewing) a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water, from which malt is extracted

  2. British informal mashed potatoes

  3. Northern English dialect a brew of tea

  1. to beat or crush into a mash

  2. to steep (malt grains) in hot water in order to extract malt, esp for making malt liquors

  1. Northern English dialect to brew (tea)

  2. archaic to flirt with

Origin of mash

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

Derived forms of mash

  • mashed, adjective
  • masher, noun

British Dictionary definitions for MASH (2 of 2)


/ (mæʃ) /

n acronym for(in the US)
  1. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for 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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