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verb (used without object)
  1. to splash or move through water, mud, or slush.
  2. (of a liquid) to move about actively within a container.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to stir or splash (something) around in a fluid: to slosh the mop in the pail.
  2. to splash (liquid) clumsily or haphazardly: She sloshed tea all over her new suit. They sloshed the paint over the wall.
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  1. watery mire or partly melted snow; slush.
  2. the lap or splash of liquid: the slosh of waves against the shore.
  3. a small quantity of liquid: a slosh of milk in the pail.
  4. a watery or weak drink.
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Origin of slosh

1805–15; perhaps blend of slop1 and slush
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Related Words for sloshing

wallow, wade, flounder, splatter, spill

Examples from the Web for sloshing

Contemporary Examples of sloshing

Historical Examples of sloshing

  • Sloshing in the pool was an ancient reptile who clearly was one of the leaders.

    The Repairman

    Harry Harrison

  • There was water behind us, sloshing in the darkness as the lights went out.

    The Worlds of If

    Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

  • This kept the sloshing of the quicksilver from hurting the horses so much.

  • The boy was leaning over the water trough, sloshing his face.

    Captives of the Flame

    Samuel R. Delany

  • It'll do just as much good as sloshing your duds around in the water.

British Dictionary definitions for sloshing


  1. watery mud, snow, etc
  2. British slang a heavy blow
  3. the sound of splashing liquid
  4. a popular dance with a traditional routine of steps, kicks, and turns performed in lines
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  1. (tr; foll by around, on, in, etc) informal to throw or pour (liquid)
  2. (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
  3. (tr) British slang to deal a heavy blow to
  4. (usually foll by about or around) informal to shake (a container of liquid) or (of liquid within a container) to be shaken
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Derived Formssloshy, adjective

Word Origin for slosh

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



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

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"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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