When liquid things slosh, they move with a splash. If you stumble as you're carrying a cup of coffee to the table, your coffee may slosh over the edge of the cup.

Only something that's wet can slosh — water might slosh around in the bottom of a leaky rowboat, and soapsuds can slosh in a bathtub when a happy kid gets in. You can slosh tea into a mug, or slosh through puddles in your rain boots. The 1800's meaning of slosh was "slush or sludge," and the Middle English definition was "muddy place," probably from a combination of slush and slop.

Definitions of slosh

v spill or splash copiously or clumsily

slosh paint all over the walls”
slosh around, slush, slush around
Type of:
plash, spatter, splash, splatter, splosh, swash
dash a liquid upon or against

v make a splashing sound

slush, splash, splosh
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v walk through mud or mire

slop, splash, splosh, squelch, squish
Type of:
footslog, pad, plod, slog, tramp, trudge
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

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