\ˈsläsh, 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 \ 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

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 Ken rustled papers on his desk, fighting a weird slosh of tears. Elisabeth Egan,, "Algren Award finalist: "Errata" by Carol Keeley," 10 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The flood rises above their heads as the wind howls and floating cars slosh at the surface. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "This terrifying graphic from The Weather Channel shows the power and danger of Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 There was plenty learned along the way, about keeping the water from sloshing, to avoid beating up the fish, and keeping the water aerated. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Hand-feeding a wild orca: Inside the practice run to save the ailing killer whale J50," 6 Aug. 2018 Dress up, too: The chic crowds here have more on their minds than just getting sloshed. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 Disastrous scenarios ran through my mind: images of a margherita pizza flopping onto the white carpet, red wine sloshing on someone's pale linen dress — though there wasn't any pizza, the carpet wasn't white, and Dorothy was serving rosé. Jonathan Reynolds, Town & Country, "At Your Service," 11 July 2014 In this case, the drive frequency comes from the fact that the magnetic field of the helium modifies the shape of the container, sloshing the helium about a bit. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Magnetic helium makes superfluid time crystal," 2 June 2018 Chinese alchemists are said to have invented gunpowder while testing a prescription for eternal life; Archimedes discovered principles of volume while sloshing about in his bath. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Sometimes, a Scientific “Eureka!” Moment Really Does Change The World," 7 Mar. 2018 Relative humidity can easily drop 80 percent or more over just a few miles as the dryline sloshes back and forth. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "A ‘dryline’ is triggering severe weather in the Plains. Here’s what that means.," 1 May 2018 It's flavored an entire decade, sloshed all your teams together into one blend of frustration. Dan Steinberg,, "Capitals could end the stupidest streak in sports tonight," 7 May 2018

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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 \
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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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