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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

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 In that slush pile of information and imagery, few things stand up or stand out. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The American West Has Never Looked Better Than in Acne Studios’s New Images of Cindy Crawford," 25 Sep. 2018 Transit buses throughout King and Snohomish counties remain on reduced snow schedules, and Community Transit faces 45-minute delays on local routes, as slush covers Seattle streets and snow falls to the north. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules while slush brings new driving risks," 12 Feb. 2019 Here's this unflattering photo of me after trying the pickle juice slush from @sonicdrivein. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Pickle slushie debuts at Sonic: ‘America is seriously doomed’," 11 June 2018 Sleet and slush in Philadelphia changed to snow overnight and road crews are working hard to keep major roads clear in heavy snowfall rates. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "Heavy snow falling from Washington to Tri-State area, forecast up to 14 inches (Updates)," 21 Mar. 2018 On Sunday, fresh, cold snow began falling on top of the frozen slush puddles, creating a slippery new hazard. Sabra Ayres,, "How much did it snow? It snowed so much that Moscow called a snow day. That never happens," 5 Feb. 2018 Sonic Drive-In debuted its new pickle juice slush drink Monday, bringing about the impending collapse of civilization. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Pickle slushie debuts at Sonic: ‘America is seriously doomed’," 11 June 2018 At the time of the accident, rain and sleet were falling, and the runway was filling with slush. Peter Greenberg, Town & Country, "Unfriendly Skies," 7 Feb. 2014

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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


\ ˈsləsh How to pronounce slush (audio) \

Kids Definition of slush

: partly melted snow

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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