\ˈmə-shē, 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, ˈmu̇-​ \ adverb
mushiness \ˈmə-​shē-​nəs, ˈmu̇-​ \ noun

Examples of mushy in a Sentence

mushy fruit that was obviously overripe

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The white one feels pretty mushy, even more so than most cheap PC keyboards. Iljitsch Van Beijnum, Ars Technica, "Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard," 8 Nov. 2018 Avoid any pears with large dark or mushy spots and tears in the flesh. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Pick the Most Delicious Pears Every Time," 19 Sep. 2018 Grill the peach slices for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until peaches have softened, but aren’t mushy. Christina Pérez, Vogue, "3 Fancy But Easy BBQ Recipes to Grill Before Summer Is Over," 30 Aug. 2018 Under-draining the potatoes Make sure to drain well after cooking to avoid a mushy, watery mess. Catherine Lo, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Biggest Mistakes You Make Cooking Mashed Potatoes," 23 Aug. 2018 And for every mushy news story out there yesterday, there were a plethora of articles and blogs about how rotten Valentine's Day is. Ellie Delano, Woman's Day, "Still Buying In," 15 Feb. 2011 Fish, whether whole or cut, should be firm and shiny, but never soft, mushy, sticky or oily, signs of age. Nicole Sours Larson,, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape well and won't get too mushy after baking. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate celery!," 4 July 2018 Beignets are mushy and topped with peach preserves. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "The Delta will change your life with its tamales, burgers and cocktails," 24 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

: too romantic or sentimental


\ˈmə-shē \
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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