verb (used without object)

to splash or move through water, mud, or slush.
(of a liquid) to move about actively within a container.

verb (used with object)

to stir or splash (something) around in a fluid: to slosh the mop in the pail.
to splash (liquid) clumsily or haphazardly: She sloshed tea all over her new suit. They sloshed the paint over the wall.


Origin of slosh

1805–15; perhaps blend of slop1 and slush Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slosh

Contemporary Examples of slosh

Historical Examples of slosh

  • I hold on to it with both hands, so my beer will not slosh over the side.

  • So slosh, slosh, into the biggest brown puddle he could find he went.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • Just where is Schloss (she pronounced it 'Slosh') what-you-may-call-it?

    My Friend the Chauffeur

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • They were to be married as soon as Kerner could slosh paint profitably.

  • Turkey and Italy hardly done when all these Balkan chaps set to and slosh Turkey.

    If Winter Comes

    A.S.M. Hutchinson

British Dictionary definitions for slosh



watery mud, snow, etc
British slang a heavy blow
the sound of splashing liquid
a popular dance with a traditional routine of steps, kicks, and turns performed in lines


(tr; foll by around, on, in, etc) informal to throw or pour (liquid)
(when intr, often foll by about or around) informal
  1. to shake or stir (something) in a liquid
  2. (of a person) to splash (around) in water, etc
(tr) British slang to deal a heavy blow to
(usually foll by about or around) informal to shake (a container of liquid) or (of liquid within a container) to be shaken
Derived Formssloshy, adjective

Word Origin for slosh

C19: variant of slush, influenced by slop 1
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Word Origin and History for slosh

1814, "slush, sludge, a watery mess," probably a blend of slush and slop (n.1) in its Middle English sense of "muddy place."


"to splash about in mud or wet," 1844, from slosh (n.). Meaning "to pour carelessly" is recorded from 1875. Related: Sloshed; sloshing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper