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Definition of slush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : partly melted or watery snow
b : loose ice crystals formed during the early stages of freezing of salt water
2 : soft mud : mire
3 : refuse grease and fat from cooking especially on shipboard
4 : paper pulp in water suspension
5 : trashy and usually cheaply sentimental material
6 : unsolicited writings submitted (as to a magazine) for publication


slushed; slushing; slushes

Definition of slush (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to wet or splash with slush

intransitive verb

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

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Examples of slush in a Sentence


a sidewalk covered with slush The movie is just a lot of romantic slush.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This temporary mass of hot air is also turning the frozen surface of the ice sheet that covers the continent into patches of slush (spring skiing, anyone?). Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland," 1 Aug. 2019 Tank tops can literally be the difference between enjoying the heat and feeling like a puddle of slush every day. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "10 incredible deals from Madewell's huge weekend sale," 19 July 2019 Dine alfresco with views of the Inner Harbor while consuming fresh seafood and sipping frozen, boozy drinks, such as the strawberry froze and bourbon slush. John-john Williams Iv,, "Where you can find Baltimore’s bougiest brunches," 9 July 2019 Then, on Sunday, June 30, an unexpected hailstorm hit the area, burying the city under several feet of icy slush. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "A Summer Hailstorm Buried the Mexican City of Guadalajara Under Ice," 2 July 2019 Iran exploited the flaw to use a $500 million Manhattan skyscraper as a slush-fund for 22 years. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "The surprisingly effective pilot program stopping real estate money laundering in the US," 11 June 2019 That can be lovely, but give it a day and that winter wonderland quickly transforms into a hellish landscape of dingy gray slush puddles and cramped sidewalks, packed with unhappy commuters. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 After months of snow, slush, and frigid temperatures, spring is finally on the horizon. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Here’s How to Transition Your Skin-Care Routine From Winter to Spring," 12 Mar. 2019 Coastal flooding turns roads into slush rivers Speaking of water, many coastal locations in New England are battling not only the frozen water falling as snow but also the very cold brackish waters from the bays. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "The 10 best images of this week’s historic ‘bomb cyclone’," 4 Jan. 2018

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Extreme weather can overpower the freezing point of the washer fluid, turning it to slush on your windshield. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking 5 Cold-Weather Car Myths," 15 May 2018 As of midday, many streets in the Milwaukee area were still snow- and slushed-covered. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Drivers warned about hazardous road conditions as snow ends," 8 Feb. 2018 On a snowy cold day in South Philadelphia, Army and Navy slushed their way through an entertaining game with Army winning its second in a row in the annual series, 14-13. Marc Narducci,, "Quick takes on Army's 14-13 win over Navy," 9 Dec. 2017 Rain and slush would make for a miserable day anywhere, but the weird weather patterns observed over the two-week period in 2016 painted a potentially worrisome picture for the future. Aj Willingham, CNN, "A huge part of Antarctica is melting and scientists say that's bad news," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of slush


1641, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1807, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for slush


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian slusk slush

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The first known use of slush was in 1641

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English Language Learners Definition of slush

: partly melted snow
informal : something that is thought to be silly because it is too romantic or emotional


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Kids Definition of slush

: partly melted snow

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