\ ˈsləsh How to pronounce slush (audio) \
plural slushes

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
c : slushy Cut watermelon into small chunks and freeze, then blend frozen fruit and buttermilk to make a cooling fruit slush.Sunset Magazine
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

Examples of slush in a Sentence

Noun a sidewalk covered with slush The movie is just a lot of romantic slush.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The normally translucent turquoise waters around Pinel Island turned into a prickly yellowish-brown slush. Fox News, 4 Aug. 2022 The normally translucent waters around Pinel Island turned into a prickly brown slush. Dánica Coto, USA TODAY, 4 Aug. 2022 The normally translucent waters around Pinel Island turned into a prickly brown slush. DÁnica Coto, Sun Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 The normally translucent turquoise waters around Pinel Island turned into a prickly yellowish-brown slush. Dánica Coto, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Aug. 2022 As the snow falls, the bottom half-inch layer will turn into a slush that can be removed, which in turn prevents ice from forming that would require a de-icing product. Tim Johnson,, 15 Jan. 2022 An icy wind whipped fresh snow into mini tornados in the narrow alleyways of a Golden, Colorado, storage facility, and Bruce Gordon dropped a box of product samples into the slush under his rented box truck. Shannon Davis, Outside Online, 8 Mar. 2018 Distinguishing dozens of identical-looking wasps from the slush of a single species is not just a taxonomic exercise. New York Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Is the federal government happy with how the county council is squandering $66 million through individual slush funds? Laura Johnston, cleveland, 21 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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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First Known Use of slush


circa 1642, 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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: partly melted snow

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