verb (used with object)

Origin of slush

1635–45; apparently cognate with Norwegian slusk slops, Swedish slask mud, slops Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for slush

mud, slosh, mire, snow, ice, sluice, drivel, sludge, slop, pulp

Examples from the Web for slush

Contemporary Examples of slush

Historical Examples of slush

  • The snow was now fast melting, and the ice-fields were covered with slush.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • He makes proclamations that Orham is nothin' but sand, slush, and soft drinks.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "My wife, if she wishes, can turn Shelley into slush," he answered bitterly.


    James Huneker

  • The snow became a sea of slush, and water covered the ice of lakes and river.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • "It's the last time you get any of that slush into me, Babbitt," says he.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

British Dictionary definitions for slush



any watery muddy substance, esp melting snow
informal sloppily sentimental language
nautical waste fat from the galley of a ship


(intr often foll by along) to make one's way through or as if through slush
(intr) to make a slushing sound

Word Origin for slush

C17: related to Danish slus sleet, Norwegian slusk slops; see sludge, slosh
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Word Origin and History for slush

1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian and Swedish slask "slushy ground;" obsolete Danish slus "sleet"), all probably imitative of the sound of sloshing. Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms.

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