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mush1 (mʌʃ Pronunciation for mush1

Definitions

noun

  1. a soft pulpy mass or consistency
  2. (US) a thick porridge made from corn meal
  3. (informal) cloying sentimentality
  4. (radio) interference in reception, esp a hissing noise

verb

  1. (transitive) to reduce (a substance) to a soft pulpy mass

Word Origin

C17: from obsolete moose porridge; probably related to mash; compare Old English mōs food

Synonyms

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= pulp, paste, mash, purée, pap, slush, goo
= sentimentality, corn, slush, schmaltz, mawkishness

mush2 (mʌʃ Pronunciation for mush2 (Canadian)

Definitions

exclamation

  1. an order to dogs in a sled team to start up or go faster

verb

  1. to travel by or drive a dog sled
  2. (intransitive) to travel on foot, esp with snowshoes

noun

  1. a journey with a dogsled

Derived Forms

ˈmusher noun

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from French marchez or marchons, imperatives of marcher to advance

mush3 (mʊʃ Pronunciation for mush3

Definitions

noun

(British)
  1. a slang word for face (sense 1)

Word Origin

C19: from mush1, alluding to the softness of the face

mush4 (mʊʃ Pronunciation for mush4

Definitions

noun

  1. (British, slang) a familiar or contemptuous term of address

Word Origin

C19: probably from Gypsy moosh a man

Example Sentences Including 'mush'

Damn the personality bit - any red-blooded woman's brain would go into wet mush , not to mention her internals.
Toronto Sun (2003)
Fat mince and soya extract mixed, sprouts boiled to a mush , desiccated onions fried in oil, that sort of idea.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
Geophysicists are beginning to discover what effects this mush may have on the inner Earth-and perhaps even on the ground beneath our feet.
New Scientist (1998)
He grasps it eagerly, and, as always, begins to crush my knuckles into a pulverised mush.
Alex George LOVE YOU MADLY (2002)
Maman clunked something heavy onto the table -- the pot with the pea mush.
Tracy Chevalier THE LADY AND THE UNICORN (2003)
She asks women to "lead with vulnerability", engage with their "inner mush ball, the soft person inside".
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
Take that poor man's dish, dhal, most often served elsewhere as an anonymous mush.
The Advertiser, Sunday Mail (2005)
The skull had been crushed to smithereens, shards of bone sticking up like broken crockery from the mush of his mind and senses.
Clive Barker THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW (2001)

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