\ 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

Other Words from slosh


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

Synonyms for slosh

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of slosh in a Sentence

Verb 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 But the Americans could never present a stable or convincing new reality to ordinary Afghans, who watched as security crumbled and new forms of corruption flowed from the slosh of cash and contracts that came with the occupation. Megan K. Stack, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 The slosh of water turns to sludge; a baby passes by him, dead and flushed away. Imani Perry, The Atlantic, 7 May 2021 Constantly feeling water slosh around inside your boots usually results in your hike being cut short. Matthew Young,, 20 Mar. 2021 Though the slosh of Earth’s oceans produces a comparable sound, scientists have yet to suss out a plausible cause for the Red Planet’s curious tune. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020 The Post’s hub — a journalistic nerve center where editors once plotted coverage and sent breaking-news alerts to millions of readers — was silent but for the hum of air conditioning and the slosh of a distant mop. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2020 Those lakes are filled with methane and ethane rather than water, and any inhabitants would have to deal with temperatures reaching 300 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, but where liquid sloshes, life might find a way. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, 5 Mar. 2020 Earth has many steady background hums, the most prevalent of which comes from the slosh of oceans and the crash of waves against the shore. National Geographic, 24 Feb. 2020 By collecting them from all over the sky, the WMAP and Planck telescopes caught the early universe and its contents mid-slosh. Quanta Magazine, 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This is solely from a bunch of guys who slosh around on Thanksgiving morning in Medina County. Marc Bona, cleveland, 18 Nov. 2021 But the files also underscore the limits of sanctions, making clear that vast quantities of Russian money continue to slosh through secret global accounts while Moscow’s actions beyond its borders seem undeterred. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 This was a new problem; If the gates stayed open, lake water would slosh back into the river, further flooding the city. New York Times, 17 May 2020 Wearing rubber gloves, slosh the linens around gently. Martha Stewart, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021 After all, people packed into crowded tents singing, dancing, and sloshing beer into one another’s steins for 16 days straight doesn’t quite fit the social distancing bill. Kate Mann, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 June 2020 Acceleration begins with such a jolt the driver feels his breakfast slosh rearward. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, 29 May 2020 But if the rules remain eased for too long, the money sloshing to companies will aim less to rescue them in crisis than to boost their prospects afterwards. The Economist, 28 May 2020 In the Valley, money still counts, of course: Billions of dollars slosh across the Bay Area. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2020

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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
: 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 Fleishman, The Whipping Boy
2 : to move with a splashing motion

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