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

2 of 4

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

3 of 4

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

4 of 4

noun (2)

: a trip especially across snow with a dog team

Examples of mush in a Sentence

Noun (1) an opera that is pure mush couldn't stand all the mush in the movie's romantic scenes
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
We have been encouraged to be invisible, conform, lose and give away our edges in the same way the toast turned to mush and disappeared in the milk. Deepa Purushothaman, Fortune, 7 May 2024 How Modern Footwear Supports, and Changes, the Foot Nothing surprised me more on that first barefoot run than realizing that, without traditional running shoes, my feet were essentially piles of mush at the end of my legs. Laura Lancaster, Outdoor Life, 11 Apr. 2024 Just avoid baby tender greens, which easily turn to mush. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2024 The chicken is faultless, but tossing them in sauce after cooking, as per the directions, turns the coating to mush. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, 2 Apr. 2024 Other rice varieties will turn to mush under the same circumstances. Robin Miller, The Arizona Republic, 29 Feb. 2024 And what snow remained was often like mush in above-freezing temperatures. John Myers, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 This nourishing bowl of mush is more reliable than my malfunctioning radiator. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 25 Jan. 2024 Hailing from Northern Italy, polenta is basically a cornmeal porridge (also known in the U.S. as cornmeal mush). Wini Moranville, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2024
Verb
According to the panel's findings, Seavey spent about 10 minutes at the kill site, and then mushed his dog team about 11 miles before camping on a three-hour layover. CBS News, 7 Mar. 2024 Its downfall is the brioche, which ended up soggy and mushed in the bag. Amanda Finnegan, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2024 To make pie, pumpkins are smashed, have their seeds removed and then are strained and mushed into a puree. Abby Hamblin, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 For the most part, according to race marshal Mark Nordman, conditions are good, with plenty of snow cover along much of the route but several trouble spots that could make for rugged mushing conditions. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Mar. 2023 Matt Hall mushed through blowing and drifting snow in the last miles between Safety and Nome before conditions stilled to a calm and sunny afternoon. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2023 In the follow-up clip, the lifestyle expert takes the leftover pie and mushes it together in a large bowl. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 Redington was mushing with plates removed from Wildfire’s leg hanging from his sled handlebars, according to an Iditarod blog post. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2023 The design mushed together the noncomplementary traits of both brands: a slender black-leather upper with Gucci’s signature brass horsebit hardware, three white stripes on either side, and an inch-tall wooden heel stamped with a golden Adidas trefoil logo. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 18 Aug. 2023

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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 24 May. 2024.

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
Etymology

Noun

probably an altered form of mash

Verb

probably from French marchons "let's move," from marcher "to move, march"

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