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1 any soft or soggy mass; "he pounded it to a pulp" [syn: pulp]
2 cornmeal boiled in water [syn: cornmeal mush]
3 an expression that is excessively sweet and sentimental [syn: treacle]
4 a journey by dogsled


1 drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)
2 travel with a dogsled

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  • , /mʌʃ/, /mVS/
  • ,
    Rhymes with: -ʊʃ, Rhymes with: -ʌʃ

Etymology 1

Probably a variant of mash.


  1. A mess, often of food; a soft or semisolid substance.
    Mom said to add the potatoes to the mush.


  1. To squish so as to break into smaller pieces or to combine with something else.
    He mushed the ingredients together.

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Etymology 2

From mush, from murš, from |.



  1. In the context of "UK|primarily Southern England|slang": you
    • "'Oy, mush! Get out of it!'That's what we'd sayBarging the localsOut of the way"— MAUREEN AND DOREEN AND NOREEN AND ME, Peculiar Poems,
    • "When I'm around it's not uncommon for someone to call me and say :'Oy mush, get your bum over here and give us a hand.'" — THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING: In Which King Arthur Uther Pendragon Grants An Interview
slang: you

Etymology 3

Simple contraction of mushroom.


  1. In the context of "Quebecois English|slang": magic mushrooms
slang: magic mushrooms
  • Spanish: champi qualifier slang

Etymology 4

From muos and mus or muss, or any thick preparation of fruit.


  1. A food comprising cracked or rolled grains cooked in water or milk; porridge.
  2. (Rural USA) cornmeal cooked in water and served as a porridge or as a thick sidedish like grits or mashed potatoes.
A food comprising cracked or rolled grains cooked in water or milk, porridge
  • Spanish: gachas de harina de maíz

Etymology 5

Believed to be a contraction of mush on, in turn a corruption of marchons, the cry of the voyageurs and coureurs de bois to their dogs.


  1. A directive given (usually to dogs or a horse) to start moving, or to move faster.
    When the lone cowboy saw the indians, he yelled mush, cha, giddyup!
directive to start moving
  • Spanish: andando, vamos


  1. A walk, especially across the snow with dogs.


  1. To walk, especially across the snow with dogs.

Etymology 6


  1. In the context of "UK|primarily Northern England|slang": The face
slang: the face
  • Spanish: jeta, cardo



  1. man

Extensive Definition

Mush may refer to:
  • Mush (cornmeal), a kind of corn pudding or porridge
  • Mush, slang meaning man or face (IPA: mʊʃ, as in 'push') .
  • Mushing, a sport or transport method powered by dogs or a command to a dog team
  • Muş Province, in eastern Turkey
  • Muş, the provincial capital of Muş Province
  • Mush, a 1992 album by the band Leatherface
  • Mush Records, a Los Angeles-based independent record label
  • Mush, a nickname for Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf
  • Mail User's Shell, a Unix mail user agent
  • MUSH, a text-based online social medium

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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