\ ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio) , especially in sense 3 also ˈmu̇sh How to pronounce mush (audio) \

Definition of mush

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a thick porridge made with cornmeal boiled in water or milk
2 : something soft and spongy or shapeless
3a : weak sentimentality : drivel
b : mawkish amorousness
\ ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio) \
mushed; mushing; mushes

Definition of mush (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : to reduce to a crumbly mass

intransitive verb

of an airplane : to fly in a partly or nearly stalled condition
\ ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio) \
mushed; mushing; mushes

Definition of mush (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to travel especially over snow with a sled drawn by dogs often used as a command to a dog team
\ ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio) \

Definition of mush (Entry 4 of 4)

: a trip especially across snow with a dog team

First Known Use of mush

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

History and Etymology for mush

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

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“Mush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mush. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for mush

mush

noun
\ ˈməsh How to pronounce mush (audio) \

Kids Definition of mush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.

mush

verb
mushed; mushing

Kids Definition of mush (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel across snow with a sled pulled by dogs

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