\ 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 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 Constantly feeling water slosh around inside your boots usually results in your hike being cut short. Matthew Young,, "What to wear when hiking in the rain," 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, "InSight Lander’s First Big Batch of Data Reveals Mars’ Seismic Activity and Surprising Magnetism," 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, "24 hours inside the lives upended by coronavirus in the nation’s capital," 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, "If life exists on Titan, it’s even weirder than we thought," 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, "Mars is humming. Scientists aren’t sure why.," 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, "How Ancient Light Reveals the Universe’s Contents," 28 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wearing rubber gloves, slosh the linens around gently. Martha Stewart, Star Tribune, "How to revive vintage linens," 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, "With Oktoberfest 2020 Canceled, Munich Is Feeling the Blow," 4 June 2020 Acceleration begins with such a jolt the driver feels his breakfast slosh rearward. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1991 GMC Syclone vs. Ferrari 348ts," 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, "The visible hand Europe’s habit of propping up firms may outlast the pandemic," 28 May 2020 In the Valley, money still counts, of course: Billions of dollars slosh across the Bay Area. Ismail Muhammad, The Atlantic, "Inside Tech’s Fever Dream," 8 Feb. 2020 There are giant pendulum dampers and sloshing dampers, which are basically tanks filled with water. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "The Hidden Feats That Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers," 29 Apr. 2020 The coral reefs, including the giant system fringing the coast of Australia, are shrinking fast, bleaching white as hotter water sloshes through them. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Fifty Years Past the First Earth Day, a Frayed Planet—and a Sublime One," 22 Apr. 2020 With the pandemic bringing the economy to a standstill, there is so much unused oil sloshing around that American energy companies have run out of room to store it. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The ‘Wild West’ for antibody tests," 21 Apr. 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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27 Mar 2021

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“Slosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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