Definition of slosh in English:


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Pronunciation: /slɒʃ


  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of liquid in a container) move irregularly with a splashing sound: water in the boat sloshed about under our feet figurative there is so much money now sloshing around in professional tennis
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    • He thought he might fall forever, until he hit the ground hard, ankle-deep water sloshing at his feet.
    • The warm water sloshed around making gentle splashing sounds as it hit the sides of the pool.
    • I rushed back as fast as I could, water sloshing in the pot.
    spill, slop, splash, flow, overflow, splatter, spatter
  • 1.1Move through liquid with a splashing sound: they sloshed up the tracks in the dank woods
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    • The dirt floor is wet and you slosh in your rubber boots through puddles.
    • Or I could say this: ‘Colin spilled into his common room, and I sloshed after him.’
    • She began to shiver in the freezing air and the cold, slimy water, and Nick sloshed his way over to take her in his arms.
  • 1.2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Pour (liquid) clumsily: she sloshed coffee into a cracked cup
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    • Evans jumps back as she sloshes boiling water about, pouring it into the already half-full tea pot.
    • Thanks to spoons and a spittoon, Mike is soon tasting away, sloshing the liquid in his mouth, expelling it and talking everything up.
    • He reached forward with one huge arm and picked up a large tankard of some drink, sloshing amber liquid on the table.
    pour, slop, splash
    informal glug


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  • 1An act or sound of splashing: the distant slosh of the washing machine in the basement
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    • In a bathtub, you might move a couple of dozen litres of water with such a slosh, but sea floor movements have in the past displaced more than 100 cubic kilometres of water - billions of bathtubs.
    • Her hair was slick with rain and her high-heeled boots sent sloshes of water up to stain her jeans as she walked through the puddles that were quickly forming on the sidewalk.
    • The anger of the first clear words Bacchius heard astonished him, and he jumped slightly, causing a slight slosh and a soft tap as his head hit the metal.
  • 1.1A quantity of liquid that is poured out: I gave Michael and myself another slosh of rye
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    • Wash the beets, cut them into quarters (unless they are very small) and put them in a dish with a generous slosh of olive oil.
    • Add a small handful of sea salt and a slosh of olive oil.
    • Just add a slosh of white wine to the roasting tin, and yes (I am not ashamed) half a stock cube to beef it up.
  • 2British informal A heavy blow.


early 19th century: variant of the noun slush.

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