mush

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noun (1)

ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio)
especially in sense 3 also
ˈmu̇sh How to pronounce mush (audio)
1
: a thick porridge made with cornmeal boiled in water or milk
2
: something soft and spongy or shapeless
3
a
: weak sentimentality : drivel
b
: mawkish amorousness

mush

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verb (1)

mushed; mushing; mushes

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to reduce to a crumbly mass

intransitive verb

of an airplane : to fly in a partly or nearly stalled condition

mush

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verb (2)

mushed; mushing; mushes

intransitive verb

: to travel especially over snow with a sled drawn by dogs
often used as a command to a dog team

mush

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noun (2)

: a trip especially across snow with a dog team

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

probably alteration of mash

Verb (2)

probably from French marchons, 1st plural imperative of marcher to move, march, from Middle French marchier — more at march

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

circa 1781, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

1862, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1902, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mush was in 1671

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Cite this Entry

“Mush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mush. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

mush 1 of 3

noun

1
: cornmeal boiled in water or milk
2
: something soft and spongy or shapeless
3
: sickeningly sweet sentimentality
mushily
-ə-lē
adverb
mushy
adjective

mush

2 of 3

verb

: to travel over snow with a sled drawn by dogs
often used as a command to a dog team
musher noun

mush

3 of 3

noun

: a trip across snow with a dog team

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