Definition of slosh in English:

slosh

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of liquid in a container) move irregularly with a splashing sound.

    ‘water in the boat sloshed around under our feet’
    figurative ‘there is so much money now sloshing around in professional tennis’
    • ‘He thought he might fall forever, until he hit the ground hard, ankle-deep water sloshing at his feet.’
    • ‘The cold wet water sloshed around my feet, tickling my toes.’
    • ‘I was running with water sloshing around in my trainers.’
    • ‘The pigs' water hose was frozen this morning and it was not fun hauling 5 gallon pails of icy water sloshing down my pant legs.’
    • ‘There's an awful lot of money sloshing about in the aid industry.’
    • ‘‘I couldn't believe it wasn't enough protection,’ he said, looking at the water sloshing halfway up his phone's screen.’
    • ‘This meant that there was lots of money sloshing around in Soho.’
    • ‘I rushed back as fast as I could, water sloshing in the pot.’
    • ‘Nothing in the vehicle is power-operated, so you could ford a river, have water sloshing through the cabin, and there's no electrics to fail.’
    • ‘There is so much money sloshing around the rich nowadays that surely there are a hundred people with £3,000 to spare for such a national treasure.’
    • ‘She pulled herself out of her wash tub, wrinkling her nose as the dirty water sloshed around.’
    • ‘The ship was gracefully rocking from left to right, and the water sloshing along the sides of the vessel made a rhythmic pattern of music.’
    • ‘Bella stood up, toppling her chair and jostling the table; the coffee sloshed threatening inside the mugs.’
    • ‘Neither one said a word, and the only sound was that of the water sloshing against the side of the ship.’
    • ‘With all this money sloshing around, brutal tactics are certain.’
    • ‘The warm water sloshed around making gentle splashing sounds as it hit the sides of the pool.’
    • ‘The ice in the pitcher tinkled melodically against the crystal sides and the mineral water sloshed slightly as he turned the handle to face the right, assuming that the odds were in his favour.’
    • ‘The water sloshed around me, matching the unsteady beat of my heart.’
    • ‘Given that we use less than one percent of the total water sloshing around the planet, it does seem bizarre to suggest we are faced with shortages.’
    • ‘Just having a lot of money sloshing around is not the same as development.’
    • ‘Water sloshed over sidewalks on some sections of Shore Acres Boulevard, and signs warning motorists to be cautious were placed at entrances to the subdivision.’
    spill, slop, splash, flow, overflow, splatter, spatter
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) move through liquid with a splashing sound.
      ‘they sloshed up the tracks in the dank woods’
      • ‘Two small, brawny men slosh through an icy stream, their cheap plastic sandals slapping slick rocks.’
      • ‘Men sloshed in the water, while they fixed the damage done to the Jewel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dirt floor is wet and you slosh in your rubber boots through puddles.’
      • ‘The figures sloshed their way through the downpour.’
      • ‘Here, we gleefully slosh about in communal pools of thick brown gloop, pouring it over ourselves with plastic pails and savouring the eucalyptus-like aroma, before washing it off under hot jets of salty spring water.’
      splash, swash, squelch, wade
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    2. 1.2with object Pour (liquid) clumsily.
      ‘she sloshed coffee into a cracked cup’
      • ‘The younger woman came over and scooped up what looked like pig slop and sloshed it onto my plate.’
      • ‘My only company today is the only company I had five years ago - an old woman with a mop and a bucket, tutting irritably as she sloshes soapy water over the bits of the floor I've walked on.’
      • ‘He reached forward with one huge arm and picked up a large tankard of some drink, sloshing amber liquid on the table.’
      • ‘‘Woooo,’ they shouted in their uncouth manner, sloshing beer on the pristine white of the slopes.’
      • ‘It was better when the only coffee you got was either motor oil in a Greek-themed cup or lukewarm milk-broth served in a cup by a careless waitress who sloshed half the ration in the saucer, and no refills, pal.’
      • ‘Evans jumps back as she sloshes boiling water about, pouring it into the already half-full tea pot.’
      • ‘Delphine, who was the yawper, also jumped to her feet and Josephine sloshed her own coffee with chicory into its saucer.’
      • ‘He then sloshed the remainder of the brandy into the glass, turning his eyes onto his cousin as he did so.’
      • ‘Not wishing to de-scale the lining of my stomach that early in the morning thank you very much, I sloshed some milk into a saucepan, stuck it on the gas and went in search of tobacco.’
      • ‘She flopped down onto the myriad of furs and pliant pillows, and sloshed a mug full of cold liquid from the sweating pitcher on the pit's table.’
      • ‘Thanks to spoons and a spittoon, Mike is soon tasting away, sloshing the liquid in his mouth, expelling it and talking everything up.’
      • ‘Nodding, he arched a shaggy eyebrow at me sloshing coffee into a cup.’
      • ‘Without hesitation, the master blocked the attack with the lid of the pot and sloshed the disciple with the hot soup.’
      • ‘And you couldn't just slosh the water and wine together.’
      • ‘Greg asked Jane and Tyler, sloshing the fire with water.’
      • ‘Not wanting to get his valenki (boots essential for winter) wet, Ivan Denisovich takes them off, then sloshes the water onto the floor.’
      • ‘I sloshed iodine into the bowl I'd brought down, and handed it to Traci.’
      • ‘Tru hung her gown away safely, then tore off her sweat-soaked uniform before she sloshed water all over her body, scrubbing away her stench with soap.’
      • ‘When a bookseller drops in, they'll slosh their unworthy coffee in my heavenly tea mug.’
      • ‘I took the glass from him and sloshed its contents down my throat.’
      pour, slop, splash
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noun

  • An act or sound of splashing.

    ‘the distant slosh of the washing machine in the basement’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bengt could feel Zinnia gently touching the wound below her shoulder blade and hear the slosh of water from Zinnia's canteen as she washed it off.’
    • ‘His feet sunk a bit in the slosh, but he didn't notice.’
    • ‘The pattern of the sloshes tells you all you need to know about the very early universe: its shape, how much was made of matter, how much of something else.’
    • ‘He chuckled as the snowball hit the Bonnie's red cape with a slosh, and left a large damp spot.’
    • ‘And it had more impact than a roomful of Victorian slosh.’
    • ‘The slosh of the sea sang me to sleep, whispering the soft and sweet lullaby of our lady Atlantic, the peacemaker.’
    • ‘I submerge straight away to get out of the slosh and follow a compass bearing over the shallow kelp and into the Ore Stone.’
    • ‘It's all true, but this isn't any old lager, it's an authentic lager from the Czechs, rather than the usual mass-produced commercial slosh.’
    • ‘The chocolate company has come up with Russian vodka shots which are particularly evil, taste stronger than they are, and really make Christmas go with a bit of a slosh.’
    • ‘Then came the blanched almonds, softened butter, dark brown sugar, four eggs already beaten, the rind and juice of a lemon, a slosh or three of whisky and a little milk if necessary.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was no noise but the sound of rubbish flutterin about the pavements and the slosh, slosh, slosh of the petrol in the can.’
    • ‘He heard the slosh of water between them, and saw to his fright that the basin was fast becoming a river.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 19th century: variant of the noun slush.

Pronunciation

slosh

/släSH//slɑʃ/