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.
to squeeze or crush; compress: to mush all the candy together in a sticky ball.
Other definitions for mush (2 of 2)
to go or travel, especially over snow with a dog team and sled.
to drive or spur on (sled dogs or a sled drawn by dogs).
go! (used as an order to start or speed up a dog team)
a trip or journey, especially across snow and ice with a dog team.
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How to use mush in a sentence
With the new disinfectant, the leftover plant mush may work as a fertilizer.A disinfectant made from sawdust knocks out deadly microbes | Carolyn Wilke | March 25, 2022 | Science News For Students
Instead, the water could come from pockets of watery mush in the moon’s icy shell, scientists report December 15 at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting.Enceladus’ plumes might not come from an underground ocean | Lisa Grossman | January 3, 2022 | Science News
Keep an eye on the weather no matter where you drive, and stay off backcountry roads right after a rain, when they turn into wheel-swallowing mush.
Depending on whom you ask, grits and polenta are either just the dishes made from cooking dried ground corn into a mush or also the ingredients themselves.A guide to cornmeal, grits and polenta — and how to know when to use them | Aaron Hutcherson | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Usually, by the time the soupy oats have reached a smooth, thick consistency, I’ve decided what else will be added to the day’s layers of mush.
The smell of grilled meat mixes with the exotic wafts of cinnamon tea served with a mush of sweet brown dessert.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech | Liza Foreman | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
First of all, no one says “mush” when they want the dogs to go.
Its topics are the predictable pop-culture bellwethers of the day, reheated into screechy mush.
He poured milk into the tea, and then poured the tea into the bowl on top of the cereal, turning it into a sweetened mush.
Surely this baby will eat the same fresh chicken and pea mush as his father, complete with a diamond-encrusted spoon.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child? | Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker | July 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before sunrise I had a fire burning and the kettle of mush slung on a green sapling for further cooking.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Of course she had her own way, but I made her wait until we had cooked some corn to a mush and I had broiled the turkey.A Virginia Scout | Hugh Pendexter
Norah jumped up, and running home as fast as her young feet could carry her, took the dish of mush from her mother's hands.Our Little Irish Cousin | Mary Hazelton Wade
But he never meddled at all; just slid the lid along as soft as mush, and screwed it down tight and fast.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
To render the bread eatable they grated it, and made mush of it; but the crust they could not grate.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
British Dictionary definitions for mush (1 of 4)
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
British Dictionary definitions for mush (2 of 4)
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
- musher, noun
British Dictionary definitions for mush (3 of 4)
a slang word for face (def. 1)
British Dictionary definitions for mush (4 of 4)
British slang a familiar or contemptuous term of address
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