\ 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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sloshy \ ˈslä-​shē How to pronounce sloshy (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 Her most important paintings, especially the violent loops and sloshes from the months after Pollock’s death and the stormlike monochromes of the 1960s, have an authority that can survive even the sleepiest hang. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Lee Krasner, Hiding in Plain Sight," 19 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb New observations made in the Bering and Chukchi seas off the coast of Alaska suggest that under the right conditions, these algae-eaters are sloshed to the surface, and from there, wafted into the air. Author: Maddie Stone, Anchorage Daily News, "Bacteria from the ocean floor could be influencing Arctic weather," 17 Nov. 2019 Money continues to slosh around the global economy, seeping into cracks beyond the reach or outside the view of national regulators. The Economist, "Repo-market ructions were a reminder of the financial crisis," 26 Sep. 2019 New research shows that even if worldwide leaders complied with the agreement, sea levels will still slosh higher, about 3 feet higher by 2300. National Geographic, "What's it like moving farther from home?," 6 Nov. 2019 The bear market of last summer has grown horns, and now there are huge sums of money sloshing around. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Lakers Have Money. Now They Have to Spend Wisely.," 27 June 2019 Video from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office shows mud pouring down the side of the canyon walls, inundating the highway as cars sloshed through the debris. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Westbound I-70 outside Glenwood Springs open to traffic as crews clean up mudslide," 27 July 2019 Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus probably have vast liquid water oceans sloshing beneath their icy crusts. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "NASA eyes the ocean: How the deep sea could unlock outer space," 23 Aug. 2019 But startups wishing to access a portion of the trillions of dollars sloshing around equity markets, and avoid the traditional IPO, now have a second option: the direct listing. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019 The sea sloshing beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa just might be the best incubator for extraterrestrial life in our solar system. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "Water on Europa—with a Pinch of Salt," 12 June 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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The first known use of slosh was in 1814

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“Slosh.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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