Definition of slush in English:

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Pronunciation: /sləSH/


1Partially melted snow or ice: the snow was turning into brown slush in the gutters
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  • Indeed, consider how many drivers on our roads today have any experience of driving in snow, slush and frost?
  • There are times an aircraft and crew will get stuck at a location because the snow and ice become slush, making take-off impossible.
  • I had never ventured to the south, so that is the way most of us went, trudging through the snow and slush on the ground.
1.1Watery mud.
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  • And then I thought, ‘Oh great, spring, I remember, that's when they replace the piles of slush with piles of mud and it's a big rainy mess.’
  • Life is still much the same: a constant battle against the elements, as wind and sleeting rain batter the coal-mining land to black slush and mud.
  • Rubble and slush from potholes and mud dumped recklessly by the cable companies and various civic agencies have only added to citizens' woes.
melting snow, wet snow, mush, sludge
2 informal Excessive sentiment: the slush of Hollywood’s romantic fifties films
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  • And he is more than matched by Williams's calculated turn as the cold-hearted killer, in a role which marks a welcome break away from the sentimental slush of recent projects.
  • People who think that this ending is purely sentimental slush should give it another try.
  • Yes, the holiday season is here complete with kiddie fodder that is virtually unwatchable for anyone over the age of 10 and mawkish slush about the joy of the family.


[no object]
Make a squelching or splashing sound: there was water slushing around in the galley
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  • Kris slushed through the puddles of water, icy wind stinging her eyes.
  • We slushed along the lake and made camp below it.
  • The river slushed by with a beautiful white noise and the birds tweedle-dee-deed.


Mid 17th century: probably imitative; compare with slosh.

  • Slush and sludge (early 17th century) probably both imitate the sound made by walking through them, with slosh (early 19th century) being a variant of slush. Slush was also used by sailors for the accumulated fat which was left in the pot after meat was boiled for the crew. This could be sold off for use as a lubricant or fuel and the money used to buy luxuries for the crew. This was the original slush fund (mid 19th century), which had come to mean money used as a bribe by the late 19th century.

Words that rhyme with slush

ablush, blush, brush, crush, flush, gush, hush, hush-hush, lush, mush, plush, rush, shush, thrush, tush

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