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mush

noun \ ˈməsh , especially in sense 3 also ˈmu̇sh \

Definition of mush

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

Origin and Etymology of mush

probably alteration of mash


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mush

verb

Definition of mush

transitive verb
chiefly dialectal
chiefly dialectal : to reduce to a crumbly mass
intransitive verb
of an airplane : to fly in a partly or nearly stalled condition

musher

noun

First Known Use of mush

circa 1781


3

mush

verb

Definition of mush

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

musher

noun

Origin and Etymology of mush

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


4

mush

noun

Definition of mush

: a trip especially across snow with a dog team

First Known Use of mush

1902



MUSH Defined for Kids

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mush

noun \ ˈməsh \

Definition of mush for Students

1 : cornmeal boiled in water or milk
2 : something that is soft and wet and often shapeless
  • He cooked the vegetables till they were mush.

2

mush

verb

Definition of mush for Students

mushed; mushing
: to travel across snow with a sled pulled by dogs


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