ˈmə-shē How to pronounce mushy (audio)
 especially in sense 2 also  ˈmu̇-
mushier; mushiest
: having the consistency of mush : soft
: lacking in definition or precision
: excessively tender or emotional
especially : mawkishly amorous
mushily adverb
mushiness noun

Example Sentences

mushy fruit that was obviously overripe
Recent Examples on the Web The vegetables were translucent with a bit of brown on the edges however, the rice was overdone and mushy. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 May 2023 Teacher Jolene Laka submitted her entry, which included solutions such as allowing the pumpkin to get soft and mushy, breaking it into pieces, taking it to a pumpkin smashing event, feeding leftovers to farm animals and baking the seeds for a healthy snack. C.r. Walker, Chicago Tribune, 13 Mar. 2023 The judges remarked on the mushy rice and were also very underwhelmed with the rest of the dish, which consisted of chicken gravy and hot pickled peppers. Emma Balter, Chron, 5 May 2022 Add carrots and remaining wine to pot, cover again and continue to simmer over low heat until carrots are tender but not mushy or falling apart, about 45 minutes. Cathy Whims / Photographs By Aubrie Pick For The Wall Street Journal, Food Styling By Amanda Anselmino, Prop Styling By Anna Raben , WSJ, 30 Mar. 2023 But some commented that the texture was a bit mushy and just wasn't for them. Good Housekeeping, 29 Mar. 2023 One use of generative AI involves taking something that might be murky or mushy and having the AI try to structure it and makes things more apparent. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 Other signs that your garlic has gone bad include mushy cloves or cloves that feel hollow and crunchy. Cori Sears, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Jan. 2023 The brake pedal further degrades confidence with its mushy feel and long stroke. Mark Takahashi, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of mushy was in 1839

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“Mushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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