\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Boil peeled carrot and celery in small saucepan until tender but not mushy, about 10 minutes. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Which potato salad will show up at your picnic? There's a world of variations," 22 May 2020 Let simmer another 30 to 60 minutes or until meat is fork-tender and vegetables are cooked through but not mushy. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s the perfect time to make corned beef and cabbage," 13 Mar. 2020 For example, a child might eat only yellow foods, or only soft and mushy foods. Deesha Philyaw, New York Times, "Parents, Here’s How to Avoid Doing Battle With Your Picky Eater," 17 Apr. 2020 Season with peperoncino and continue cooking, stirring, until the vegetables are just soft but not mushy, about five minutes. CBS News, "The Dish: Lidia Bastianich shares Italian recipes from her "Felidia" cookbook," 18 Jan. 2020 Noodles should be chewy, not hard on the inside or too mushy. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "From thum kao poon to turkey: How past meets present at one family's Thanksgiving table," 27 Nov. 2019 The mix of tender—but never mushy—potatoes and mayonnaise is incredibly comforting. Saveur, "Perfect Potato Recipes," 15 Sep. 2015 This is why veggie burgers can often feel crumbly or mushy in texture, without the bite and springiness of animal protein. J. Kenji López-alt, New York Times, "How Do They Make Plant-Based Meat Behave Like Beef?," 3 Mar. 2020 Washington growers, who had watched the market share for sometimes mushy Red Delicious apples plummet over time, were looking to replicate the success of the Honeycrisp, Adams said. Nicholas K. Geranios,, "New Cosmic Crisp apple ‘going to shake things up’ starting Dec. 1. Will it dethrone Honeycrisp?," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mushy

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of mushy was in 1839

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27 May 2020

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“Mushy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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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