adjective Slang.

Origin of sloshed

First recorded in 1945–50; slosh + -ed2



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.


watery mire or partly melted snow; slush.
the lap or splash of liquid: the slosh of waves against the shore.
a small quantity of liquid: a slosh of milk in the pail.
a watery or weak drink.

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 sloshed

Contemporary Examples of sloshed

  • If it somehow emerges that he was sloshed in that someone-please-take-his-car-keys kind of way, subtract 20.

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    November 2, 2011

  • And because he adores obscure imported ales, cycling while sloshed felt pretty familiar, too.

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    October 15, 2010

  • Similar speculation about Zucker and the Post has sloshed around in the blogosphere before.

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    July 19, 2009

Historical Examples of sloshed

British Dictionary definitions for sloshed



mainly British a slang word for drunk



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 sloshed

"drunk," c.1900, colloquial, past participle adjective from slosh (v.).



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.

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