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[slosh] /slɒʃ/
verb (used without object)
to splash or move through water, mud, or slush.
(of a liquid) to move about actively within a container.
verb (used with object)
to stir or splash (something) around in a fluid:
to slosh the mop in the pail.
to splash (liquid) clumsily or haphazardly:
She sloshed tea all over her new suit. They sloshed the paint over the wall.
watery mire or partly melted snow; slush.
the lap or splash of liquid:
the slosh of waves against the shore.
a small quantity of liquid:
a slosh of milk in the pail.
a watery or weak drink.
Origin of slosh
1805-15; perhaps blend of slop1 and slush Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slosh
  • They slosh out into a bog, and with inexplicable simultaneity, begin applauding wildly.
  • Explain that the rocking should cause the water to slosh but should be gentle enough to leave the sediment in place.
  • If you think of an ocean basin as a bowl, tides are waves that slosh from one side of the bowl to the other at regular intervals.
  • The surge would slosh over the levees around the lake into the city.
  • The extra money may simply slosh around the financial system without providing any kind of lift to the real economy.
  • Wrongly applied credit can slosh around, drive up costs and create excess capacity.
  • Soon, much less global liquidity will be around to slosh its way into commodity markets.
  • Another concern is that the thrusters' fuel might slosh around, causing some of them to fire unevenly.
  • But if the winds slacken briefly, warm water begins to slosh back across the ocean, while the upwelling in the east slows down.
  • Or it's not going to slosh around as you type on it.
British Dictionary definitions for slosh


watery mud, snow, etc
(Brit, slang) a heavy blow
the sound of splashing liquid
a popular dance with a traditional routine of steps, kicks, and turns performed in lines
(transitive; foll by around, on, in, etc) (informal) to throw or pour (liquid)
(informal) when intr, often foll by about or around
  1. to shake or stir (something) in a liquid
  2. (of a person) to splash (around) in water, etc
(transitive) (Brit, slang) to deal a heavy blow to
(informal) usually foll by about or around. to shake (a container of liquid) or (of liquid within a container) to be shaken
Derived Forms
sloshy, adjective
Word Origin
C19: variant of slush, influenced by slop1
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Word Origin and History for slosh

1814, "slush, sludge, a watery mess," probably a blend of slush and slop (n.1) in its Middle English sense of "muddy place."


"to splash about in mud or wet," 1844, from slosh (n.). Meaning "to pour carelessly" is recorded from 1875. Related: Sloshed; sloshing.

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