Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light, spongy, very sweet confection made of corn syrup, gelatin, sugar, and starch and dusted with powdered sugar.
  • n. A confection of sweetened paste, formerly made from the root of the marshmallow plant.
  • n. Botany A perennial plant (Althaea officinalis) native to Europe and naturalized in marshes of eastern North America, having showy pink flowers and a mucilaginous root occasionally used as a demulcent and in confectionery.
  • n. Slang A timid, cowardly, or ineffective person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone who is soft and benign.

Etymologies

Old English merscmealwe, corresponding to marsh +‎ mallow. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They are what I call marshmallow parents: soft, sweet and bad for their children's health.

    The Curious Diary of Mr Jam

  • This marshmallow is sublime when roasted, dipped into a delicious dark chocolate fondue, and perfect in a steaming cup of cappuccino.

    Gourmet marshmallows from Plush Puffs « Happy Healthy Hip Parenting

  • Packaged in jars, the semi-liquid marshmallow is much softer than a regular marshmallow, and both creamy and sticky at the same time.

    2009 March | Baking Bites

  • Dark chocolate can easily dominate the vanilla flavor or cover it up entirely, depending on whether the marshmallow is completely encased.

    2008 November | Baking Bites

  • The marshmallow is still quite hot at this point, and it strings out and sticks to EVERYTHING but preserve.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • They were a bit difficult to cut as the marshmallow is very sticky but they tasted very nice - the brownie was moist and studded with walnuts and the topping was chewy and gooey.

    Rocky Road Brownies

  • Marcheline, everyone called her marshmallow because she was such a softie.

    Pitt Watch

  • I liked how she shared a little personal bit of her mother with us by saying that although her name was Marcheline, everyone called her marshmallow because she was such a softie.

    ShowHype - Top Entertainment News, Videos, and Blogs

  • Popular Korean cartoon character Mashimaro -- whose name derives from an infant's pronunciation of the word "marshmallow" -- excretes cuddly nuggets of Web Zen humor in these wacky, fan-created Flash episodes:

    Boing Boing: December 15, 2002 - December 21, 2002 Archives

  • And, yes, it was formerly an ingredient in a sweet paste called "marshmallow" - one word, the second syllable more commonly pronounced

    Rockford Register Star Home RSS

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  • Heehee! Love that guy's photos.

    October 25, 2009

  • Aaaarshmallows.

    October 24, 2009

  • Saurian halitosis makes this an experience not to be missed. Or repeated. And getting a dragon to brush and floss is not easy, lemme tellya.

    December 1, 2008

  • If you don't like camping and singing juvenile songs around a fire, is it possible to roast your marshmallows by the breath of your pet dragon? Has anybody tried this at home?

    November 30, 2008

  • Traditionally marshmallows were made with the root of the marsh mallow, from which they got their name.

    July 15, 2007

  • Like the word; don't like the food. :-)

    June 21, 2007