mash

1
[mash]

verb (used with object)

noun


Origin of mash

1
before 1000; Middle English; Old English mǣsc-, masc- (in compounds); cognate with German Maische

mash

2
[mash]Older Slang.

noun

a flirtation or infatuation.
a flirt; sweetheart; lover.

verb (used with object)

to flirt with; court the affections of.

Origin of mash

2
1880–85; orig. theatrical argot; of uncertain origin

MASH

[mash]

noun

mobile army surgical hospital.
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British Dictionary definitions for mash

mash

noun

a soft pulpy mass or consistency
agriculture a feed of bran, meal, or malt mixed with water and fed to horses, cattle, or poultry
(esp in brewing) a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water, from which malt is extracted
British informal mashed potatoes
Northern English dialect a brew of tea

verb (tr)

to beat or crush into a mash
to steep (malt grains) in hot water in order to extract malt, esp for making malt liquors
Northern English dialect to brew (tea)
archaic to flirt with
Derived Formsmashed, adjectivemasher, noun

Word Origin for mash

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

MASH

n acronym for (in the US)

Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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Word Origin and History for mash
n.

"soft mixture," late Old English *masc (in masc-wyrt "mash-wort, infused malt"), from Proto-Germanic *maisk- (cf. Swedish mäsk "grains for pigs," German Maisch "crushed grapes, infused malt," Old English meox "dung, filth"), from PIE *meik- "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Originally a word in brewing; general sense of "anything reduced to a soft pulpy consistency" is recorded from 1590s, as is the figurative sense "confused mixture, muddle." Short for mashed potatoes it is attested from 1904.

v.

Old English mæscan, "to mix with hot water," from same root as mash (n.). Meaning "to beat into a soft mass" is mid-13c. Related: Mashed; mashing. For romantic sense, see masher.

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mash in Medicine

MASH

abbr.

Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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