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[muhsh-ee, moo sh-ee] /ˈmʌʃ i, ˈmʊʃ i/
adjective, mushier, mushiest.
resembling mush; pulpy.
Informal. overly emotional or sentimental:
mushy love letters.
Origin of mushy
1830-40; mush1 + -y1
Related forms
mushily, adverb
mushiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mushy
  • The beans managed to be soft without getting all mushy, and they were seasoned enough to enliven the bland tortillas.
  • Infected bulbs have a strong odor and are soft and mushy.
  • Most large animals have to chew food extensively and form it into a mushy ball that's easy to swallow.
  • Clearly, it is difficult to be crunchy if the scientists themselves are mushy, as they often are.
  • The end result should be fragrant and colorful, and the veggies should be tender but far from steam-table mushy.
  • If you decide to cook through, too, there are good recipes for what to make with mushy rice.
  • First of all, mushy as it sounds in an economics post, happiness matters.
  • The foundation is a homemade sponge cake, which soaks up all the flavors of the custard without getting mushy.
  • The problem was flavoring them without making them mushy.
  • Add about a tablespoon of salt to the water, and boil the cauliflower in it until it is tender but not mushy.
British Dictionary definitions for mushy


adjective mushier, mushiest
soft and pulpy
(informal) excessively sentimental or emotional
Derived Forms
mushily, adverb
mushiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mushy

"soft, pulpy, 1839; "sentimental," 1870; from mush (n.) + -y (2). Mush (n.) in a transferred sense of "sentimentality" is attested from 1908.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mushy



Sentimental: The kid got mushy with the broad/ If you expected Al Unser Sr to get all mushy-gushy and misty-eyed, you don't know Al Unser Sr (1839+)

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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