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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

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