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[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee]
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adjective, mush·i·er, mush·i·est.
  1. resembling mush; pulpy.
  2. Informal. overly emotional or sentimental: mushy love letters.
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Origin of mushy

First recorded in 1830–40; mush1 + -y1
Related formsmush·i·ly, adverbmush·i·ness, noun
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  • She did not look, at that moment, in the least degree "mushy."

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Maudina was like her name, pretty, but sort of soft and mushy.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Worst of it was, I could feel myself grinnin' back at her just as mushy.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Nothin' mushy about glancin' casual at it now and then, was there?


    Sewell Ford

  • Then, too, the speeches and music will be mushy instead of being clear.

British Dictionary definitions for mushy


adjective mushier or mushiest
  1. soft and pulpy
  2. informal excessively sentimental or emotional
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Derived Formsmushily, adverbmushiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mushy


"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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