Definition of slush in English:



mass noun
  • 1Partially melted snow or ice.

    ‘the snow was turning into brown slush in the gutters’
    • ‘Rain pounded the streets, turning the snow into muddy slush.’
    • ‘He stood up too and they walked out, their boots crunching though the thin layer of slush and snow covering the ground.’
    • ‘That afternoon the sidewalks were awash with slush and half-melted snow.’
    • ‘Only an inch or so but it still worked; puddles forming lightly in the streets as cars ran over slush and dirtying the snow.’
    • ‘In April the snow started melting, and in May there was rain and slush, the snow disappeared and there were glimpses of sun.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, my snow honeymoon came to an abrupt end when beautiful white snow increasingly turned to disgusting brown slush, all of which we had to trudge through every day.’
    • ‘There are times an aircraft and crew will get stuck at a location because the snow and ice become slush, making take-off impossible.’
    • ‘It comprised long, daily walks through snow and slush to the county Library, where I worked on a manuscript to keep my mind occupied.’
    • ‘Then, in a flurry of snow and slush, the Christmas holiday was over, and the long drive toward Boston had begun.’
    • ‘Without a floor mat, snow and slush can soak into your carpet, through the carpet padding, and you will hardly notice that it already caused your floor pans to get rusty.’
    • ‘I brushed away snow and slush and raised the prize to eye-level.’
    • ‘Light snow, much slush; the windshield is opaque in seconds.’
    • ‘The match, which was put into severe doubt the previous day with a covering of snow and slush on the pitch, inevitably turned out to be quite scrappy due to the slippery surface.’
    • ‘Fess waded through the ankle-deep coating of snow and slush around the 18-wheeler.’
    • ‘Indeed, consider how many drivers on our roads today have any experience of driving in snow, slush and frost?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With the Lower East Side ankle deep in snow and slush, our vehicle sits safe and sound, parked streetside a few blocks over on Norfolk Street.’
    • ‘Well, we don't do mud, we just make them crawl around in the dust and grime on the ground from the mud left over or the snow slush left over or whatever.’
    • ‘It was pitch black, with snow and slush dotting the cobblestone paths.’
    • ‘The machine took the biggest power you could find - requiring two firemen if it was a hand-bomber - not only to push the apparatus but to steam the snow into slush.’
    1. 1.1 Watery mud.
      • ‘The hems of the dress that I wore dragged along the slush of mud on the ground and my sleeves snagged against the branches that had been stripped of its leaves.’
      • ‘In this story a bird is sent down to earth to dry out some of the mud in the primordial slush so that islands can be formed for the Ainu.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘In several late winter snow storms, it ploughed right through the ugliest passing lane slush, allowing the driver to arrive relaxed even after two hours of full-on winter driving.’
      • ‘Rubble and slush from potholes and mud dumped recklessly by the cable companies and various civic agencies have only added to citizens' woes.’
      • ‘Soth shivered at the cold mixture of mud and slush and jumped up on the bench.’
      • ‘Wes observed as they tracked through mud and what remained of the slush.’
      • ‘What would have been a truly fantastic course, full of switch backs, and single track climbs, became much more of a mud slush… but still a lot of fun.’
      • ‘Young New Zealanders waded, often wounded, among mud, slush, rubble and the dead, searching for a way to end their war.’
      • ‘‘There are no pavements on Gordon Street, so students and employees of the law school would have no choice but to walk on the slush and mud,’ she said.’
      • ‘Every season brings in different surprises but the most disgusting to the garage is that which carries with it rain, mud, slush and grime.’
      • ‘Mud, debris and knee-high slush from landslides blocked roads, cutting off many remote villages.’
      • ‘He kicked the back flaps of his coat, a bit of slush staining the underside, but he didn't care, he needed to hurry.’
      • ‘Three hundred and sixty-five days, come rain or shine, through muck and slush, I never missed a day, sir.’
      • ‘Ogwad jogged merrily down the beaten dirt path (turned to mud by the slush covering it) leading through the woods.’
      • ‘Nothing really beats waiting down in the slush of mud.’
      • ‘Use caution in taxiing retractable-gear aircraft through slush or mud.’
      • ‘Or after dull and dreary three four days of continuous rain, mud and slush, the sun peeps out from behind the clouds and a beautiful rainbow reflects the glory and the color of the sun.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was still raining: potholes, felled trees, mud, slush and scattered rocks made it difficult to negotiate the highway.’
      melting snow, wet snow
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  • 2informal Excessive sentiment.

    ‘the slush of Hollywood's romantic fifties films’
    • ‘It always moves me and makes me feel better about life and is the perfect antidote to all the ersatz sentiment that sprays over us like noxious slush at Christmas time.’
    • ‘The best of the slush is undoubtedly both lyrically rueful and melodically engaging.’
    • ‘From high - school reimaginings of Shakespeare to romantic gross-out comedies and back, they vary wildly in quality from zippy, witty fun to indigestible slush.’
    • ‘When once-naïve Hong Kong cinema became sentimental and driven by external goals, we received multiculturalized slush.’
    • ‘People who think that this ending is purely sentimental slush should give it another try.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    sentimentality, mawkishness, over-sentimentality, emotionalism, overemotionalism, sentimentalism, banality, triteness
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[no object]
  • Make a squelching or splashing sound.

    ‘there was water slushing around in the galley’
    • ‘Kris slushed through the puddles of water, icy wind stinging her eyes.’
    • ‘The river slushed by with a beautiful white noise and the birds tweedle-dee-deed.’
    • ‘We slushed along the lake and made camp below it.’


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