\ 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 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 Small pieces of mushy carrots paired with chewy noodles. cleveland, "The best and worst foods we ate during grocery store showdown taste tests 2020," 24 Dec. 2020 Stacking the vegetables when roasting can result in a mushy texture. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Roasted acorn squash is a healthful addition to your holiday table," 22 Nov. 2020 That was apparently too sonically bland, too mushy. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, "Please, can we all listen to some Brahms and learn to get along," 9 Dec. 2020 My family likes a mixture of cornbread, French bread (which gives the stuffing some texture and keeps it from getting too mushy), sausage and herbs. Star Tribune, "Sheet-pan dinners get a Thanksgiving makeover," 20 Nov. 2020 Get ready to have a lot of mushy Christmas music stuck in your head (’tis the season, after all). Gena Kaufman, Glamour, "27 Christmas Love Songs, Ranked in Terms of Their Mistletoe Potential," 2 Dec. 2020 Leeks are cut into discs that look a bit like scallops, then braised until tender but not mushy. Christian Reynoso, San Francisco Chronicle, "How to have a smaller, brighter Thanksgiving meal at home," 18 Nov. 2020 The most disappointing part about TCU settling into the mushy middle of the Big 12 is the lost opportunity. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Virginia Tech has become the college football team that can’t close the deal," 15 Nov. 2020 When used to make a braise, chicken thighs and carrots were tender and not mushy. Nicole Papantoniou, Good Housekeeping, "9 Best Dutch Ovens, According to Cooking Experts," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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6 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Mushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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