[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 mushy

Contemporary Examples of mushy

Historical Examples of mushy

  • 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

soft and pulpy
informal excessively sentimental or emotional
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper