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

Examples of mushy in a Sentence

mushy fruit that was obviously overripe

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Metro will likely resort to diesel-electric hybrids that emit carbon exhaust, make more noise and feel mushy accelerating uphill. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "An uphill battle to get electric trolleybuses on Madison RapidRide route," 27 Aug. 2018 Bring to a boil over high heat and boil until the beets are tender but not mushy, 30-40 minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Anya Fernald shares her signature recipes," 24 Aug. 2019 The mushy correlation between shows and financial return is also evident in the fact that pre-fall collections can be the most lucrative for labels that offer them. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "Do fashion weeks still have a purpose?," 7 Sep. 2019 Los Parceros’ version had too little of both and too many mushy carrots and peppers. Allyson Reedy, The Know, "Restaurant Review: Los Parceros, the tiny East Colfax Colombian restaurant with a big arepa menu," 5 Sep. 2019 And perhaps a few mushy high-elevation snowflakes for parts of the Rockies, including Colorado.#COwx — Chris Bianchi (@BianchiWeather) August 21, 2019 September can — and has — produced some notable early season snows. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: Denver’s earliest snows on record," 27 Aug. 2019 Mixture should look chopped but not be paste-like or wet/mushy. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Juicy Burger Recipes Put New Spins On A Classic Dish," 23 Aug. 2019 Its shoulder buttons feel slightly clickier than what’s on the standard Joy-Con, while the screenshot button is slightly mushier. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The best Nintendo Switch accessories you can buy in 2019," 21 Aug. 2019 Avoid like a pit viper any mushy ones, and make sure the papery husk looks at least somewhat fresh and greenish, not all brown and wrinkly like my Uncle Sid before the face-lift. James P. Dewan,, "4 easy dishes to make with tomatillos, plus a trick for getting those sticky husks off," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of mushy

: soft and wet
informal + disapproving : 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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