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
This mushy mess won’t win any awards for beauty, but it gets me through the morningA good bowl of mush is not an afterthought, but a delicate balancing of taste and texture — the predominant texture is, of course, smooth.
The nearest camp is two good days mushing, with good fresh dogs.The Snow-Burner | Henry Oyen
There was a sound of bells, and "mushing," as the drivers harnessed up their dog-teams to carry the picnickers back to camp.Scarlett of the Mounted | Marguerite Merington
The beauty of "dog mushing" is that you are compelled to work as hard as the dogs.Adventures in Alaska | Samuel Hall Young
Later arrivals, mushing up the ice with dog teams, had tripled the population.Smoke Bellew | Jack London
Now he fancied himself again a schoolboy, now a ranger in Arizona, now mushing on the snow trails of Alaska.A Daughter of the Dons | William MacLeod Raine
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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