[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee]

adjective, mush·i·er, mush·i·est.

resembling mush; pulpy.
Informal. overly emotional or sentimental: mushy love letters.

Nearby words

  1. mushroom,
  2. mushroom anchor,
  3. mushroom cloud,
  4. mushroom slab construction,
  5. mushroom ventilator,
  6. mushyheaded,
  7. musial,
  8. musial, stanley frank,
  9. music,
  10. music box

Origin of mushy

First recorded in 1830–40; mush1 + -y1

Related formsmush·i·ly, adverbmush·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mushiness

  • Mushiness on key church doctrines, the argument goes, threatens the very Catholic-ness of institutions like Notre Dame.

    Obama's Catholic Conversion|John Hendren|May 16, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • Oliver was making a good argument with no mushiness about it, and he had a long-settled habit of appreciating Ollie's arguments.

    The Preliminaries|Cornelia A. P. Comer

British Dictionary definitions for mushiness


adjective mushier or mushiest

soft and pulpy
informal excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Formsmushily, adverbmushiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for mushiness
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