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mushy

[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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Related Words

muddyspongysquishysugarysentimentalweepymaudlinwetsyrupygelatinouspappulpyquaggyslushysquashymashysemiliquidsemisolideffusive

Examples from the Web for mushy

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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?

    Torchy

    Sewell Ford

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


British Dictionary definitions for mushy

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

adj.

"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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