\ ˈmə-shē How to pronounce mushy (audio) , especially in sense 2 also ˈmu̇- \
mushier; mushiest

Definition of mushy

1a : having the consistency of mush : soft
b : lacking in definition or precision
2 : excessively tender or emotional especially : mawkishly amorous

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Other Words from mushy

mushily \ ˈmə-​shə-​lē How to pronounce mushy (audio) , ˈmu̇-​ \ adverb
mushiness \ ˈmə-​shē-​nəs How to pronounce mushy (audio) , ˈmu̇-​ \ noun

Examples of mushy in a Sentence

mushy fruit that was obviously overripe
Recent Examples on the Web The mushy bass sounds, tribal drums, and echoey guitar came straight from a Soundgarden fakebook, while Crane attempted to howl like Layne Staley. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2021 Reduce the heat to low, cover and let the buckwheat simmer until the liquid is absorbed and the groats are plump but not mushy, about 30 minutes. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Every year, new commercial military shooters are released that try to temper their desire to draw on real-world history and politics with a mushy promise not to offer a viewpoint on these immediate, vitally important topics. Reid Mccarter, Wired, 4 Sep. 2021 Our mushy brains seem a far cry from the solid silicon chips in computer processors, but scientists have a long history of comparing the two. Quanta Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 This is going to sound really mushy, but my husband, Jeremy., 8 July 2021 Shanahan scheming against that defense wasn’t a fair fight, and Garoppolo kept finding pass-catchers running through wide-open spaces in the mushy middle of the secondary. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Sep. 2021 Like most large structures in Florida, Champlain Towers South was built on piles — long concrete rods sunk or pounded deep into the earth that hold the building up in soft or mushy soil. David Schutz,, 10 Aug. 2021 Or, cook tomatoes about 3 inches under a broiler, turning once, until mushy and slightly charred. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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9 Oct 2021

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“Mushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mushy

: soft and wet
: too romantic or sentimental


\ ˈmə-shē How to pronounce mushy (audio) \
mushier; mushiest

Kids Definition of mushy

1 : soft and wet The rotting apples turned mushy.
2 : overly romantic or sentimental mushy love songs

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