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[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
a person or thing that mashes.
Origin of masher1
1490-1500; mash1 + -er1


[mash-er] /ˈmæʃ ər/
noun, Slang.
a man who makes advances, especially to women he does not know, with a view to physical intimacy.
1880-85; mash2 + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for masher

"thing that mashes," c.1500, agent noun from mash (v.). Meaning "would-be lady-killer" is from 1875, American English, perhaps in use from 1860, probably from mash (v.) on notion either of "pressing one's attentions," or of "crushing someone else's emotions" (cf. crush).

He was, to use a Western expression, a 'regular heart-smasher among the women; and it may not be improper to state, just here, that no one had a more exalted opinion of his capabilities in that line than the aforesaid 'Jo' himself. ["Harper's New Monthly Magazine," March 1861]

He had a weakness to be considered a regular masher of female hearts and a very wicked young man with the fair sex generally, but there was not a well-authenticated instance of his ever having broken a heart in his life, nor likely to be one. [Gilbert A. Pierce, "Zachariah, The Congressman," Chicago, 1880]
Also in use late 19c were mash (n.) "a romantic fixation, crush" (1884); mash (v.) "excite sentimental admiration" (1882); mash-note "love letter" (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A man who habitually makes sexual approaches to women; lady-killer, wolf (1875+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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