mush

1
[ muhsh or especially for 2–5, moo sh ]
/ mʌʃ or especially for 2–5, mʊʃ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. museum piece,
  2. museumgoer,
  3. museveni,
  4. museveni, yoweri,
  5. musgrave,
  6. mush area,
  7. musharraf,
  8. musher,
  9. mushhead,
  10. mushin

Origin of mush

1
1665–75, Americanism; obscurely akin to mash1

Origin of mush

2
1895–1900; perhaps orig. as phrasal v. mush on! < Canadian French, French marchons! let's go!; see march1

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British Dictionary definitions for mushing

mush

1
/ (mʌʃ) /

noun

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

verb

(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

mush

2
/ (mʌʃ) Canadian /

interjection

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

verb

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

noun

a journey with a dogsled
Derived Formsmusher, noun

Word Origin for mush

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

mush

3
/ (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

mush

4
/ (mʊʃ) /

noun

British slang a familiar or contemptuous term of address

Word Origin for mush

C19: probably from Gypsy moosh a man

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