\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

Synonyms & Antonyms for mushy


flabby, pulpy, soft, spongy, squashy, squishy


firm, hard, solid

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Examples of mushy in a Sentence

mushy fruit that was obviously overripe

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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 In large pot, cook 14 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes in boiling salted water over medium-high heat until soft but not mushy, about 15 minutes, then drain. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 Cooked poorly, eggplant can have all the beauty and flavor of a mushy amorphous blob of gray goo. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Fascinating fried eggplant at Xiao Mei Xing," 9 July 2018 Reduce oven temperature to 200° and continue to roast peppers until very soft but not mushy, about 1 hour. Bon Appetit, "Slow-Roasted Bell Peppers," 23 Apr. 2018 The bird was more skin than crunch, the fries came mushy and the gravy never showed because the kitchen had run out. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Tucker’s Kozy Korner goes all in at lunch," 12 Apr. 2018 Chicken strips turned out to be a little mushy beneath the coating, but an entree of succulent fried shrimp delivered a nice crunch and hearty flavor. Tim Smith,, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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