[ muhsh or especially for 2–5, moo sh ]
/ mʌʃ or especially for 2–5, mʊʃ /


meal, especially cornmeal, boiled in water or milk until it forms a thick, soft mass, or until it is stiff enough to mold into a loaf for slicing and frying.
any thick, soft mass.
mawkish sentimentality or amorousness.
anything unpleasantly or contemptibly lacking in coherence, force, dignity, etc.: His entire argument was simply mush.

verb (used with object)

to squeeze or crush; crunch: to mush all the candy together in a sticky ball.



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Origin of mush

1665–75, Americanism; obscurely akin to mash1

Definition for mush (2 of 2)

Origin of mush

1895–1900; perhaps orig. as phrasal v. mush on! < Canadian French, French marchons! let's go!; see march1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for mush

British Dictionary definitions for mush (1 of 4)

/ (mʌʃ) /


a soft pulpy mass or consistency
US a thick porridge made from corn meal
informal cloying sentimentality
radio interference in reception, esp a hissing noise


(tr) to reduce (a substance) to a soft pulpy mass

Word Origin for mush

C17: from obsolete moose porridge; probably related to mash; compare Old English mōs food

British Dictionary definitions for mush (2 of 4)

/ (mʌʃ) Canadian /


an order to dogs in a sled team to start up or go faster


to travel by or drive a dog sled
(intr) to travel on foot, esp with snowshoes


a journey with a dogsled

Derived forms of mush

musher, noun

Word Origin for mush

C19: perhaps from French marchez or marchons, imperatives of marcher to advance

British Dictionary definitions for mush (3 of 4)

/ (mʊʃ) /

noun British

a slang word for face (def. 1)

Word Origin for mush

C19: from mush 1, alluding to the softness of the face

British Dictionary definitions for mush (4 of 4)

/ (mʊʃ) /


British slang a familiar or contemptuous term of address

Word Origin for mush

C19: probably from Gypsy moosh a man
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