- a person or thing that mashes.
Origin of masher1
- a man who makes advances, especially to women he does not know, with a view to physical intimacy.
Origin of masher2
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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
It was Soapy's design to assume the role of the despicable and execrated "masher."The Four Million
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.In the Year of Jubilee
"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).