Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A fermentable starchy mixture from which alcohol or spirits can be distilled.
  • n. A mixture of ground grain and nutrients fed to livestock and fowl.
  • n. A soft pulpy mixture or mass.
  • n. Chiefly British Mashed potatoes.
  • n. A crushing or grinding.
  • n. Slang An infatuation or act of flirtation.
  • transitive v. To convert (malt or grain) into mash.
  • transitive v. To convert into a soft pulpy mixture: mash potatoes.
  • transitive v. To crush or grind. See Synonyms at crush.
  • transitive v. Chiefly Southern & South Midland U.S. To apply pressure to; press.
  • transitive v. Slang To flirt with or make sexual advances to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mesh
  • n. A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state.
  • n. In brewing, ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.
  • n. Mashed potatoes.
  • n. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  • n. : A mess; trouble — Francis Beaumont & John Fletcher
  • v. 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.
  • v. To press down hard (on).
  • v. to press.
  • v. To prepare a cup of tea (in a teapot), alternative to brew
  • v. to flirt, to make eyes, to make romantic advances
  • n. an infatuation, a crush, a fancy
  • n. a dandy, a masher
  • n. the object of one’s affections (either sex)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abbreviation for Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, consisting of the equipment and personnel required to perform emergency operations on injured soldiers, located in tents near the front lines of combat.
  • n. A mesh.
  • n. A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state. Specifically (Brewing), ground or bruised malt, or meal of rye, wheat, corn, or other grain (or a mixture of malt and meal) steeped and stirred in hot water for making the wort.
  • n. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  • n. A mess; trouble.
  • transitive v. To convert into a mash; to reduce to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; to bruise; to crush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a mash of by infusing or steeping in water, as malt in brewing.
  • To press or beat into a confused mass; crush by beating or pressure: as, to mash apples in a mill.
  • To gain the affection or sentimental admiration of (one of the opposite sex). See masher, 3.
  • Synonyms Crush, etc. See dash.
  • To act furiously; be violent: as, to go mashing around.
  • n. A mixture or mass of ingredients beaten or stirred together in a promiscuous manner; especially, a mess of bran and grain, or of meal, stirred with boiling water, or a mixture of boiled turnips and bran, etc., for feeding farm stock.
  • n. Softness produced by beating or bruising; a pulpy state or condition: in the phrase all to mash, or all to a mash.
  • n. In brewing and distilling, a mixture of ground grain, malted or otherwise prepared, and water.
  • n. A mess, mixture, or jumble; confusion; disorder; trouble.
  • n. A double-headed hammer for breaking coals.
  • n. [⟨ mash, transitive verb, 3.] One who gains the affection or sentimental admiration of another: as, he is evidently her mash.
  • n. An obsolete form of mesh.
  • n. A dialectal form of marsh.
  • n. In India, a kind of bean, Phaseolus radiatus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  • n. a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing
  • v. to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  • v. reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading
  • n. mixture of ground animal feeds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English mash- (as in mashfat, mash tub), from Old English *māsc, *mǣsc, māx- (in māxwyrt, wort). V., sense 5, perhaps from Romany mash, to entice.

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See mesh

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From Middle English mash, mash-, from Old English mǣsc-, māsc-, māx-, from Proto-Germanic *maiskaz, *maiskō (“mixture, mash”), from Proto-Indo-European *meiǵ-, *meiḱ- (“to mix”). Akin to German Meisch, Maische ("mash"), (compare meischen, maischen ("to mash, wash")), Swedish mäsk ("mash"), and to Old English miscian ("to mix"). See mix.

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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:

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  • an interesting mash of people.

    June 19, 2014

  • Mash potato, mash potato...

    August 2, 2009

  • Come along now – I just put the tea to mash.

    —Joan Aiken, 1980, The Shadow Guests

    OED sense 7. trans. Brit. regional. To infuse or brew (tea). Also intr.: (of tea) to draw, brew.

    August 7, 2008

  • Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

    June 22, 2008