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[sluhsh] /slʌʃ/
partly melted snow.
liquid mud; watery mire.
waste, as fat, grease, or other refuse, from the galley of a ship.
a mixture of grease and other materials for lubricating.
silly, sentimental, or weakly emotional talk or writing:
romantic slush.
verb (used with object)
to splash with slush.
to grease, polish, or cover with slush.
to fill or cover with mortar or cement.
to wash with a large quantity of water, as by dashing it on.
Origin of slush
1635-45; apparently cognate with Norwegian slusk slops, Swedish slask mud, slops Unabridged
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Examples from the web for slush
  • The vibrant color of these lavender margaritas come from blueberries and raspberries whirled to an icy slush.
  • But it would always go away without leaving any slush, and then return to being autumn.
  • Never mind the carefully crafted manuscripts languishing in slush piles all across the country.
  • They raised a layer of dripping slush and examined it carefully.
  • Some beers even get a pleasant layer of slush on top.
  • By afternoon the slush had melted off the road and by evening it was dry.
  • They drink from a fallen moose antler full of water and slush.
  • There is a theory with enough weight behind it to cast a reasonable level of doubt on things, that of a layer of convective slush.
  • Snow, which had fallen a few nights before, had turned to slush.
  • The main objective is to keep the torrent of cash flowing into their slush funds from tycoons and labor unions.
British Dictionary definitions for slush


any watery muddy substance, esp melting snow
(informal) sloppily sentimental language
(nautical) waste fat from the galley of a ship
(intransitive) often foll by along. to make one's way through or as if through slush
(intransitive) to make a slushing sound
Word Origin
C17: related to Danish slus sleet, Norwegian slusk slops; see sludge, slosh
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Word Origin and History for slush

1640s, "melting snow, snow and water," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian and Swedish slask "slushy ground;" obsolete Danish slus "sleet"), all probably imitative of the sound of sloshing. Slush fund is first attested 1839, from an earlier sense of slush "refuse fat" (1756); the money from the sale of a ship's slush was distributed among the officers, which was the original sense of the phrase. The extended meaning "money collected for bribes and to buy influence" is first recorded 1874, no doubt with suggestions of "greasing" palms.

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



A suburb of cheap mass-produced houses, ugly business places, etc: The towns all merged in one faceless, undifferentiated slurb

[1962+; probably a blend of slum and suburb]

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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