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noun Informal.
  1. mashed potatoes: The pork chop comes with string beans and mashed.
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Origin of mashed

First recorded in 1920–25
Related formsun·mashed, adjective


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.
  3. to mix (crushed malt or meal of grain) with hot water to form wort.
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  1. a soft, pulpy mass.
  2. a pulpy condition.
  3. a mixture of boiled grain, bran, meal, etc., fed warm to horses and cattle.
  4. crushed malt or meal of grain mixed with hot water to form wort.
  5. British Slang. mashed potatoes.
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Origin of mash1

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


[mash]Older Slang.
  1. a flirtation or infatuation.
  2. a flirt; sweetheart; lover.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to flirt with; court the affections of.
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Origin of mash2

1880–85; orig. theatrical argot; of uncertain origin
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  1. slang intoxicated; drunk
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n acronym for (in the US)
  1. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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  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
  3. (esp in brewing) a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water, from which malt is extracted
  4. British informal mashed potatoes
  5. Northern English dialect a brew of tea
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verb (tr)
  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
  3. Northern English dialect to brew (tea)
  4. archaic to flirt with
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Derived Formsmashed, adjectivemasher, noun

Word Origin

Old English mǣsc- (in compound words); related to Middle Low German mēsch
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Word Origin and History for mashed



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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"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.

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mashed in Medicine


  1. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
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