[ sluhsh ]
/ slʌʃ /


verb (used with object)

Nearby words

  1. slur,
  2. slurb,
  3. slurp,
  4. slurry,
  5. slurve,
  6. slush fund,
  7. slush pile,
  8. slushy,
  9. slut,
  10. slut-shame

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

Examples from the Web for slush

British Dictionary definitions for slush


/ (slʌʃ) /


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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper