mush

1 [muhsh or especially for 2–5, moosh]
noun
1.
meal, especially cornmeal, boiled in water or milk until it forms a thick, soft mass, or until it is stiff enough to mold into a loaf for slicing and frying.
2.
any thick, soft mass.
3.
mawkish sentimentality or amorousness.
4.
anything unpleasantly or contemptibly lacking in coherence, force, dignity, etc.: His entire argument was simply mush.
verb (used with object)
5.
to squeeze or crush; crunch: to mush all the candy together in a sticky ball.

Origin:
1665–75, Americanism; obscurely akin to mash1

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mush

2 [muhsh]
verb (used without object)
1.
to go or travel, especially over snow with a dog team and sled.
verb (used with object)
2.
to drive or spur on (sled dogs or a sled drawn by dogs).
interjection
3.
go! (used as an order to start or speed up a dog team)
noun
4.
a trip or journey, especially across snow and ice with a dog team.

Origin:
1895–1900; perhaps orig. as phrasal v. mush on! < Canadian French, French marchons! let's go!; see march1

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mush1 (mʌʃ)
 
n
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
 
vb
5.  (tr) to reduce (a substance) to a soft pulpy mass
 
[C17: from obsolete moose porridge; probably related to mash; compare Old English mōs food]

mush2 (mʌʃ)
 
interj
1.  an order to dogs in a sled team to start up or go faster
 
vb
2.  to travel by or drive a dog sled
3.  (intr) to travel on foot, esp with snowshoes
 
n
4.  a journey with a dogsled
 
[C19: perhaps from French marchez or marchons, imperatives of marcher to advance]
 
'musher2
 
n

mush3 (mʊʃ)
 
n
a slang word for face
 
[C19: from mush1, alluding to the softness of the face]

mush4 (mʊʃ)
 
n
slang (Brit) a familiar or contemptuous term of address
 
[C19: probably from Gypsy moosh a man]

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Word Origin & History

mush
"kind of porridge," 1670s, in the American colonies, variant of mash (v.). Meaning "anything soft and thick" is attested from 1824.

mush
"command to sled dogs," first recorded 1862, as mouche, perhaps altered from Fr. marchons! "advance!" (imperative of marcher "to march").
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Slang Dictionary

mush definition


  1. n.
    nonsense. : What mush! Come on, talk straight!
  2. n.
    romance; lovemaking; kissing. : I can't stand movies with lots of mush in them.
  3. n.
    one's face. (Crude.) : Put some paint on your mush, and let's get going.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Computing Dictionary

MUSH definition


1. Multi-User Shared Hallucination.
2. Mail Users' Shell.

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Example sentences
Hot rocks were then added to the acorn mush or soup and moved about with
  paddles until the acorn meal was cooked.
Gathered seeds and ground them into meal and made mush or bread.
Literary studies, they feared, was turning into a mush of relativism.
Be careful not to overprocess or your rice will become mush.
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