\ 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

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 This dessert is a perfect choice for pears that are still a bit firm as the long baking time will cause overripe pears to become too mushy. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2021 The Honeycrisps and Galas had excellent texture — tender but not mushy — but were on the sweeter side. Melissa Clark, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Our thoughts: This typical pasta salad offered up too much dressing and mushy vegetables. cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Be careful not to add too much water or overcook it because quinoa can become mushy. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2021 Otherwise, the rice might be mushy on the bottom and dry on top. Ali Slagle, Bon Appétit, 18 Nov. 2021 It’s always the same, for better or for worse, which means those long-ish semi-mushy perfect fries and a decent, pop culture tie in toy. oregonlive, 14 Nov. 2021 Instead of being mushy, porous plastic filled with air, they are actually made of hard material and filled with small glass spheres, each containing air. Matt Simon, Wired, 12 Nov. 2021 In addition to essays of general advice, there are about 70 recipes with specific ideas, such as turning mushy rice into savory pancakes and sprucing up boring radishes by roasting them in lime and fish sauce. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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1 Jan 2022

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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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