An example of mash is smashing soft boiled potatoes into a soft and thick texture.
To mash on a bicycle pedal.
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.
Origin of mash
- Middle English mash- (as in mashfat mash tub) from Old English māsc, *mǣsc, māx- (in māxwyrt wort) meik- in Indo-European roots V., sense 4, perhaps from Romani mash to entice
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English mash, mash-, from Old English mÇ£sc-, mÄsc-, mÄx-, from Proto-Germanic *maiskaz, *maiskÅ (“mixture, mash"), from Proto-Indo-European *meiÇµ-, *meiá¸±- (“to mix"). Akin to German Meisch, Maische (“mash"), (compare meischen, maischen (“to mash, wash")), Swedish mÃ¤sk (“mash"), and to Old English miscian (“to mix"). See mix.
- Either by analogy with mash (“to press, to soften"), or more likely from Romani masha (“a fascinator, an enticer"), mashdva (“fascination, enticement"). 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:
- See mesh