a person or thing that mashes.

Origin of masher

First recorded in 1490–1500; mash1 + -er1



noun Slang.

a man who makes advances, especially to women he does not know, with a view to physical intimacy.

Origin of masher

First recorded in 1880–85; mash2 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for masher

Historical Examples of masher

  • Indeed, to make a long story short I had got to be a regular “masher.”

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

  • She went off to the Rue Hachette, and the masher tumbled into his wheelbox.

    Caught In The Net

    Emile Gaboriau

  • It was Soapy's design to assume the role of the despicable and execrated "masher."

  • And the least that they give a masher is ten days on the Island.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche

  • If you see my masher, tell him I've met with somebody a bit more like a man.

Word Origin and History for masher

"thing that mashes," c.1500, agent noun from mash (v.). Meaning "would-be lady-killer" is from 1875, American English, perhaps in use from 1860, probably from mash (v.) on notion either of "pressing one's attentions," or of "crushing someone else's emotions" (cf. crush).

He was, to use a Western expression, a 'regular heart-smasher among the women; and it may not be improper to state, just here, that no one had a more exalted opinion of his capabilities in that line than the aforesaid 'Jo' himself. ["Harper's New Monthly Magazine," March 1861]

He had a weakness to be considered a regular masher of female hearts and a very wicked young man with the fair sex generally, but there was not a well-authenticated instance of his ever having broken a heart in his life, nor likely to be one. [Gilbert A. Pierce, "Zachariah, The Congressman," Chicago, 1880]

Also in use late 19c were mash (n.) "a romantic fixation, crush" (1884); mash (v.) "excite sentimental admiration" (1882); mash-note "love letter" (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper