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

  • n. A thick porridge or pudding of cornmeal boiled in water or milk.
  • n. Something thick, soft, and pulpy.
  • n. Informal Mawkish sentimentality, affection, or amorousness.
  • transitive v. To reduce to mush; mash or crush.
  • intransitive v. To travel, especially over snow with a dogsled.
  • transitive v. To drive (a dogsled or team of dogs).
  • n. A journey, especially by dogsled.
  • interj. Used to command a team of dogs to begin pulling or move faster.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mess, often of food; a soft or semisolid substance.
  • v. To squish so as to break into smaller pieces or to combine with something else.
  • n. magic mushrooms
  • n. A food comprising cracked or rolled grains cooked in water or milk; porridge.
  • n. cornmeal cooked in water and served as a porridge or as a thick sidedish like grits or mashed potatoes.
  • interj. A directive given (usually to dogs or a horse) to start moving, or to move faster.
  • n. A walk, especially across the snow with dogs.
  • v. To walk, especially across the snow with dogs.
  • v. To drive dogs, usually pulling a sled, across the snow.
  • n. A form of address to a man.
  • n. The face
  • v. To notch, cut, or indent (cloth, etc.) with a stamp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Meal (esp. Indian meal) boiled in water; hasty pudding; supawn.
  • n. A march on foot, esp. across the snow with dogs; ; -- also used attributively.
  • intransitive v. To travel on foot, esp. across the snow with dogs.
  • transitive v. To notch, cut, or indent, as cloth, with a stamp.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To nick or notch (dress-fabrics) round the edges with a stamp, for ornament.
  • To reduce to a mush or a pulp, or to a pulverized condition; pulverize; crush.
  • To become reduced to a pulverized condition; crumble; waste away.
  • To trudge or travel through the snow, while driving a dog-sled. See mushing and musher.
  • n. Anything mashed.
  • n. Meal boiled in water or milk until it forms a thick, soft mass: as, oatmeal mush; mush and milk; specifically, such a preparation made from Indian corn; hasty-pudding.
  • n. Something resembling mush, as being soft and pulpy: as, mush of mud.
  • n. Fish ground up; chum; pomace; stosh.
  • n. Dust; dusty refuse.
  • n. The best kind of iron ore.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. travel with a dogsled
  • v. drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)
  • n. a journey by dogsled
  • n. any soft or soggy mass
  • n. writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental
  • n. cornmeal boiled in water


Probably alteration of mash.
Possibly alteration of French marchons, first person pl. imperative of marcher, to walk, go, from Old French; see march1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably a variant of mash, or from a dialectal variant of Middle English mos ("mush, pulp, porridge"; compare Middle English appelmos ("applesauce")), from Old English mōs ("food, victuals, porridge, mush"), from Proto-Germanic *mōsan (“porridge, food”), from Proto-Indo-European *meh₂d- (“wet, fat, dripping”). Cognate with Scots moosh ("mush"), Dutch moes ("pulp, mush, porridge"), German Mus ("jam, puree, mush"), Swedish mos ("pulp, mash, mush"). See also moose. (Wiktionary)
Simple contraction of mushroom. (Wiktionary)
From Old High German muos and Goidelic mus ("a pap") or muss ("a porridge"), or any thick preparation of fruit. (Wiktionary)
Believed to be a contraction of mush on, in turn a corruption of French marchons!, the cry of the voyageurs and coureurs de bois to their dogs. (Wiktionary)
From Angloromani mush ("man"), from Romani murš, from Sanskrit  (manuSya, "human being, man"). (Wiktionary)
Compare French moucheter ("to cut with small cuts"). (Wiktionary)



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