mush

Mush is a soft, squishy clump of something. That bowlful of mush your grandfather gave you for breakfast might be oatmeal.

Mush is a soggy mass, and cornmeal mush is a kind of porridge that fits this description. Mush is also something so overly sentimental that it's almost disgusting: "Oh, that movie was terrible, just a bunch of romantic mush!" When you use mush as a verb or an exclamation, it's usually in the context of dogsledding, meaning "Go!" or "Move forward!" This last meaning comes from the French marche, "walk" or "go."

Definitions of mush
  1. noun
    any soft or soggy mass
    synonyms: pulp
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    type of:
    mass
    a body of matter without definite shape
  2. noun
    cornmeal boiled in water
    synonyms: cornmeal mush
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    types:
    atole
    eaten as mush or as a thin gruel
    hasty pudding
    cornmeal mush served with sweetening (maple syrup or brown sugar)
    polenta
    a thick mush made of cornmeal boiled in stock or water
    type of:
    hot cereal
    a cereal that is served hot
  3. noun
    writing or music that is excessively sweet and sentimental
    synonyms: glop, slop, treacle
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    type of:
    sentimentalism
    the excessive expression of tender feelings, nostalgia, or sadness in any form
  4. noun
    a journey by dogsled
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    type of:
    journey, journeying
    the act of traveling from one place to another
  5. verb
    travel with a dogsled
    synonyms: dogsled
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    type of:
    sled, sleigh
    ride (on) a sled
  6. verb
    drive (a team of dogs or a dogsled)
    Synonyms:
    dogsled
    travel with a dogsled
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    type of:
    drive
    urge forward
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