\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The shells will end up al dente to just tender, instead of a big pan of mushy food. San Diego Union-Tribune, "My ultimate comfort food: stuffed shells," 9 Sep. 2020 Cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the squash has released its juices (soft but not mushy). Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "New documentary ‘Truly Texas Mexican’ traces the indigenous food heritage of the borderlands," 4 Sep. 2020 Soaking the rice for 10 minutes prior to mixing the filling will cut down on the amount of time needed to cook the dolmas, preventing the herbs and grape leaves from becoming mushy. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "How to Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) for Perfect Mezze Plates," 21 Apr. 2017 Under Kagan’s leadership, a fractious Harvard faculty divided among ideological factions broke the logjam and hired numerous professors from both the left and right of the political spectrum, not to mention the ever-popular mushy middle. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "So it's Elena Kagan's court now?," 28 Aug. 2020 An apple that tastes great eaten out of hand might break down in the oven and become too mushy for a pie filling, for example. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, "The Best Apples for Baking," 26 Aug. 2020 Guests share their words of wisdom on such topics as writing effective emails, treating yourself like your own best friend and making a sandwich that perfectly balances mushy and crunchy textures. Adriana Balsamo, New York Times, "Treat Yourself to Good Advice and Pudding," 22 Aug. 2020 These fossilized bones suggest the spine was still held together by connective tissues and was not ingested piecemeal as a mushy, rotten mess. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "13-foot marine predator found inside another's belly in shocking fossil 'turducken'," 20 Aug. 2020 Then wait until the strawberry is starting to become very mushy and dry the seeds from it. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Tips for controlling woolly beech aphids," 9 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Mushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce mushy (audio)

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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