\ 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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Cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, until the potato is tender and not mushy (a little charring on the bottom is A-OK). CBS News, "The Dish: Chef Priya Krishna reveals her signature recipes," 15 June 2019 Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer about 20 minutes, until lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain and let cool; add salt to taste. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Salad love: Creative, anything-goes approach will win your heart," 17 Apr. 2018 As soon as oil is shimmering, add half of cauliflower and cook, tossing often, until golden in spots and tender but not mushy, about 3 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Cauliflower Rice," 26 Mar. 2018 Dried out rice is actually ideal for dishes like fried rice, which should have texture and shouldn't be mushy. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make a Perfect Pot of Rice Without a Rice Cooker," 2 Mar. 2019 The nearest cashmere is three paces away (Lingua Franca sweaters, shelved in mushy folds). Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "With Maison, Park Avenue Moms Gets a Club of Their Own," 26 Feb. 2019 The concerto is also indebted to Rachmaninoff, with passages of searching grandeur, and balances can easily turn mushy. Brian Wise, WSJ, "Florence Price in Concert and on Disc: A Harvest of Rediscovery," 5 Dec. 2018 Mix inside the wafer bag until mushy. Bake on scalding hot radiator. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Who Serves the Best Holiday Carrot Cake? Hint: It Has a Captive Audience," 25 Dec. 2018 This new study say, Enceladus's small size (about 150 miles in diameter) means its core isn't rocky, but sort of mushy. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Enceladus Has a Porous Core That Keeps Its Ocean Hot," 6 Nov. 2017

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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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