[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee]

adjective, mush·i·er, mush·i·est.

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

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

Contemporary Examples of mushiness

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

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    Obama's Catholic Conversion

    John Hendren

    May 16, 2009

Historical Examples of mushiness

  • 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

1890, from mushy + -ness. Figurative sense of "sentimentality" attested from 1946.



"soft, pulpy, 1839; "sentimental," 1870; from mush (n.) + -y (2). Mush (n.) in a transferred sense of "sentimentality" is attested from 1908.

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