- The definition of mash is a fermentable starchy mixture used for distillation, a mixture of grains used to feed livestock, or a soft thick mixture of ingredients.
- An example of mash is a mixture of smashed rye grain used for distilling whiskey.
- An example of mash is a smashed corn used to feed cattle.
- Mash is defined as to crush, grind or smash into a soft thick mixture.
An example of mash is smashing soft boiled potatoes into a soft and thick texture.
- crushed or ground malt or meal soaked in hot water for making wort, used in brewing beer
- a mixture of bran, meal, etc. in warm water, for feeding horses, cattle, etc.
- any soft mixture or mass
- Brit., Informal mashed potatoes
Origin of mashMiddle English masshe- ; from Old English masc-, in mascwyrt, infused malt, akin to German meisch, maisch, crushed grapes, infused malt ; from Indo-European base an unverified form meih-, to urinate from source Classical Latin mingere: see micturition
- to mix (crushed malt, etc.) in hot water for making wort
- to change into a soft or uniform mass by beating, crushing, etc.
- to crush and injure or damage
- ☆ Slang to make sexual advances to; flirt with
Origin of mashME maschen < the n.
- A fermentable starchy mixture from which alcohol or spirits can be distilled.
- A mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl.
- A soft pulpy mixture or mass.
- Chiefly British Mashed potatoes.
- A crushing or grinding.
- Slang An infatuation or act of flirtation.
transitive verbmashed, mash·ing, mash·es
- To convert (malt or grain) into mash.
- To convert into a soft pulpy mass by pounding or crushing: mash potatoes. See Synonyms at crush.
- Chiefly Southern & South Midland US To apply pressure to; press.
- Slang To flirt with or make sexual advances to.
Origin of mashMiddle English mash- (as in mashfat, mash tub), from Old English *māsc, *m&aemac;sc, māx- (in māxwyrt, wort); see meik- in Indo-European roots. V., sense 4, perhaps from Romani mash, to entice.
- (obsolete) A mesh
(countable and uncountable, plural mashes)
- (uncountable) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state.
- In brewing, ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.
- Mashed potatoes.
- A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
(third-person singular simple present mashes, present participle mashing, simple past and past participle mashed)
- To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush; as, to mash apples in a mill, or potatoes with a pestle. Specifically (Brewing), to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort.
- To press down hard (on).
- to mash on a bicycle pedal
- (southern US, informal) to press.
- (UK) To prepare a cup of tea (in a teapot), alternative to brew; used mainly in Northern England
From Middle English mash, mash-, from Old English mÇ£sc-, mÄsc-, mÄx-, from Proto-Germanic *maiskaz, *maiskÅ (â€œmixture, mashâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *meiÇµ-, *meiá¸±- (â€œto mixâ€). Akin to German Meisch, Maische (â€œmashâ€), (compare meischen, maischen (â€œto mash, washâ€)), Swedish mÃ¤sk (â€œmashâ€), and to Old English miscian (â€œto mixâ€). See mix.
(third-person singular simple present mashs, present participle mashing, simple past and past participle mashed)
- to flirt, to make eyes, to make romantic advances
Either by analogy with mash (â€œto press, to softenâ€), or more likely from Romani masha (â€œa fascinator, an enticerâ€), mashdva (â€œfascination, enticementâ€). Originally used in theater, and recorded in US in 1870s. Either originally used as mash, or a backformation from masher, from masha. Leland writes of the etymology:
- It was introduced by the well-known gypsy family of actors, C., among whom Romany was habitually spoken. The word â€œmasherâ€ or â€œmashâ€ means in that tongue to allure, delude, or entice. It was doubtless much aided in its popularity by its quasi-identity with the English word. But there can be no doubt as to the gypsy origin of â€œmashâ€ as used on the stage. I am indebted for this information to the late well-known impresario [Albert Marshall] Palmer of New York, and I made a note of it years before the term had become at all popular.
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