- a device for mashing vegetables, fruit, etc.
- ☆ Slang a man who makes unwanted advances to women not acquainted with him, esp. in public places
- A kitchen utensil for mashing vegetables or fruit.
- Slang A man who habitually makes aggressive, unwelcome sexual advances to women.
mash +â€Ž -er
Either by analogy with masher (â€œone who presses, softensâ€), 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 borrowed as masher, from masha, or from mash +â€Ž -er. 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.