\ ˈsläsh How to pronounce slosh (audio) , ˈslȯsh\

Definition of slosh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : the slap or splash of liquid


sloshed; sloshing; sloshes

Definition of slosh (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to flounder or splash through water, mud, or slush
2 : to move with a splashing motion the water sloshed around him— Bill Alcine

transitive verb

1 : to splash about in liquid
2 : to splash (a liquid) about or on something
3 : to splash with liquid

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Other Words from slosh


sloshy \ ˈslä-​shē How to pronounce sloshy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for slosh

Synonyms: Verb

lap, plash, splash, swash

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Examples of slosh in a Sentence


The children sloshed through the big puddle. Water sloshed in the bottom of the boat as it rocked. Juice sloshed over the rim of her glass. The child sloshed the water in the tub.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the basement, a load of laundry sloshes in the washer. Nathaniel Penn, Popular Mechanics, "The Day the Town Blew Up," 3 June 2019 Using anti-slosh dams inside the reservoir, designers aimed to prevent fluid from moving around when low. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "The Winter Jacket That’s Also a Water Bottle," 1 Oct. 2018 Just like an ocean wave is a slosh of water and a sound wave is a movement of air, gravitational waves are likewise the motion of a medium. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "At Long Last, Scientists Say They Have Confirmed Gravitational Waves," 11 Feb. 2016 As the helium sloshes, the collisions cause some of the helium atoms to flip orientation. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 There's no purchase when the slosh gets rutted and deep enough. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Cyclists, never underestimate spring breakup in Southcentral Alaska," 29 Mar. 2018 At one moment, a massive wall of water will build and at the last second slosh against the shore, while another more sneaky operator will thunder in and send spray a dozen feet into the air. Sunset, "An Epic Adventure on B.C.’s Vancouver Island," 22 Jan. 2018 And then picture that through these intestines coursed not only this morning’s breakfast in a slosh of digestive juices but another unlikely component: oxygen. Sarah B. Puschmann Staff Writer, Fox News, "The yucky way sea spiders get oxygen to their legs," 17 July 2017 Garlic chopped to a fine mist and warmed with clam juice and olive oil sloshes under the baked littlenecks, a dozen to an order. Pete Wells, New York Times, "At Don Peppe, Expect a Lot of Everything," 20 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Outside, the quake tossed cars around, sloshed water out of pools, broke apart Highway 178 and created a huge crack along the desert floor. Amir Vera And Sara Sidner, CNN, "Living in fear near the epicenter of the California earthquakes," 8 July 2019 Waves sloshed back and forth in the 5-gallon jug atop my water cooler. Globe Staff,, "50 years of pols and paper chases: Tales from inside City Hall," 27 June 2019 Tea from this area can cost as much as $8,000 per kilo, yet there’s a kind of carelessness to the way Mr. Liu pours it, allowing it to slosh over the rims of the cups, symbolizing abundance. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019 However, the Motorist Assistance Patrol on the 24-mile-long Lake Pontchartrain Causeway has been stocking extra water to slosh down windshields. Janet Mcconnaughey, Fox News, "The Swarm: Billions of skeeter lookalikes plague New Orleans," 19 June 2019 Motorist Assistance Patrol trucks on the Causeway have had to fill up on water almost daily to slosh down windshields of motorists who pull into the twin span’s crossovers to ask for help, Dufrechou said. Janet Mcconnaughey,, "Billions of bugs swarm New Orleans," 19 June 2019 The sentimental, emotional bits have happened hours before, and people have just been getting sloshed, insensible and furiously frolicsome. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: ’Mamma Mia’ a crowded, loud party at CT Rep," 10 June 2019 Here, where much of the water was unclean and people often had to slosh knee-deep through mud and human waste. Gaia Vince, Quartz, "How to survive in the world’s largest refugee camp," 8 June 2019 Across the solar system, at least, more water probably exists as superionic ice — filling the interiors of Uranus and Neptune — than in any other phase, including the liquid form sloshing in oceans on Earth, Europa and Enceladus. Quanta Magazine, "Black, Hot Ice May Be Nature’s Most Common Form of Water," 8 May 2019

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First Known Use of slosh


1814, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1844, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for slosh


probably blend of slop and slush

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English Language Learners Definition of slosh

: to walk through water, mud, etc., in a forceful and noisy way
of a liquid : to move in a noisy or messy way
: to cause (a liquid) to move in a noisy or messy way


\ ˈsläsh How to pronounce slosh (audio) \
sloshed; sloshing

Kids Definition of slosh

1 : to walk with trouble through water, mud, or slush Deeper and deeper … they sloshed through the cavernous sewer.— Sid Fleischman, The Whipping Boy
2 : to move with a splashing motion

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