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plural slushes
: partly melted or watery snow
: loose ice crystals formed during the early stages of freezing of salt water
: slushy
Cut watermelon into small chunks and freeze, then blend frozen fruit and buttermilk to make a cooling fruit slush.Sunset Magazine
: soft mud : mire
: refuse grease and fat from cooking especially on shipboard
: paper pulp in water suspension
: trashy and usually cheaply sentimental material
: unsolicited writings submitted (as to a magazine) for publication


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slushed; slushing; slushes

transitive verb

: to wet or splash with slush

intransitive verb

: to make one's way through slush
: to make a splashing sound

Example Sentences

Noun a sidewalk covered with slush The movie is just a lot of romantic slush.
Recent Examples on the Web
Their collisions and the movement of the water rounds their shape over time, raising their edges as cold water and slush come on top. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 27 Dec. 2022 Rain will help break up the ice that’s frozen over many roads, but slush and water may leave conditions slick. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2022 That fecal slush is then sprayed through the air to fertilize crops, a cost-effective move for farmers. Brian Kateman, Forbes, 19 Dec. 2022 Winter tires also feature large voids in the tread pattern, specifically design to hang onto loose snow and evacuate water and slush. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 1 Nov. 2022 Ericsson’s wrongdoing involved slush funds, payments and gifts in a bribery campaign that stretched from 2000 to 2016, according to the Justice Department. Richard Vanderford, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2022 Cuyahoga County, of course, is squandering 66 million on slush funds. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 8 Dec. 2022 Unseasonably high temperatures and unstable snowpack trapped the plane in slush. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 27 Oct. 2022 Drivers on Wednesday navigated their way through slippery, wet roads largely covered in slush. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Oct. 2022
So one misstep can turn a team’s championship dreams to slush. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 Plow driver fired: A snowplow driver has been fired after his plow threw snow and slush onto the opposite side of the Ohio Turnpike near Sandusky, damaging 55 vehicles, Olivia Mitchell reports. cleveland, 9 Feb. 2022 Shoes made with Gore-Tex, eVent or other proprietary waterproof liners do a good job of keeping rain, snow and slush away from your feet and helping your toes stay relatively warm and dry. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 1 July 2019 Beneath the dossier’s journey from media obsession to slush pile lies a broader and more troubling story. New York Times, 15 May 2021 Kevin Nye attended the Juneau Trump rally, where vehicles, some decked with U.S. flags or banners supporting Trump, lined up Sunday to parade through town as the streets turned to slush from the snow and rain. Becky Bohrer, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2020 When the bathrooms began flooding, the manager decided the night was canceled, and fans begrudgingly slushed their way out. Nellie Bowles, New York Times, 11 Mar. 2020 Normally at this time of year lake effect is cut dramatically because of ice cover on the Great Lakes and open water slushing up. Mark Torregrossa |, cleveland, 12 Feb. 2020 Extreme weather can overpower the freezing point of the washer fluid, turning it to slush on your windshield. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 15 May 2018 See More

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Word History



perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian slusk slush

First Known Use


circa 1642, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1807, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of slush was circa 1642

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Cite this Entry

“Slush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


: partly melted or watery snow
: soft mud : mire
: overly sentimental material

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