\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

dash, slop, spatter, 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

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

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 See Hollywood like Hemingway did—sloshed This piece originally appeared as part of the 20 Great Walks guide in the February 2018 issue of Los Angeles magazine. Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Boozy Stroll Through Old Hollywood Is a Must for History Buffs," 25 Jan. 2018 Water sloshed up around tents, burying some in dirt. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Arizona floods force hundreds of tourists to evacuate, reschedule trip to famous tribal land," 14 July 2018 But the Odebrecht scandal remains the most blatant symbol of the sludge that sloshes through Latin American politics. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "At a ‘surreal’ Summit of the Americas, corruption scandals aplenty — but no Trump," 12 Apr. 2018 If Mr Joyce hadn’t got so sloshed, Jeremy Corbyn might still be on the backbenches, and Labour might have campaigned much more vigorously for Britain to stay in the European Union. The Economist, "Last orders for political drinking," 31 May 2018 Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. kansascity, "Justify wins Preakness, has two legs of Triple Crown | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 2018 Money has been sloshing into the public treasury faster than City Hall can spend it, though not for want of trying. New York Times, "New York Has Given Away the Keys to More Than a Prius," 15 May 2018 Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until the mixture does not slosh from side to side when the dish is gently shaken, and bread crumbs are golden brown. Ann Maloney,, "Mac and cheese made with mayo and yogurt? Taste a tangy, creamy bite," 29 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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