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

  • n. A kitchen utensil for mashing vegetables or fruit.
  • n. Slang A man who attempts to force his attentions on a woman.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, mashes.
  • n. A machine for making mash.
  • n. a man who makes often unwelcome advances to women
  • n. a fashionable man, a dandy, a fop
  • n. A man who molests women, as in a subway.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, mashes; also (Brewing), a machine for making mash.
  • n. A charmer of women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus for preparing the mash for the distillation of potato spirits. Ure, Dict.
  • n. One who or that which mashes or crushes; a crusher.
  • n. One whose dress or manners are such as to impress strongly the fancy or elicit the admiration of susceptible young women; a fop; a “dude”; a “lady-killer.”

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

  • n. a kitchen utensil used for mashing (e.g. potatoes)
  • n. a man who is aggressive in making amorous advances to women


mash +‎ -er (Wiktionary)
Either[2] by analogy with[3] masher ("one who presses, softens"), or more likely from Romani[4] masha ("a fascinator, an enticer"), mashdva ("fascination, enticement"). Originally used in theater,[5] and recorded in US in 1870s. Either originally borrowed as masher, from masha, or from mash +‎ -er. Leland writes of the etymology:[6] (Wiktionary)


  • The platoon was making a flank job on this hillside, and when I looked up, I saw a Nip with a potato masher, which is a hand grenade, and he was heaving it.

    Into the Rising Sun

  • If the creature presumes to hang about the stage door, a word of complaint to the manager will be sufficient; the "masher" will at once "take notice" of some other door and probably of some other actress.

    Stage Confidences

  • A refined girl would never put herself in a position requiring such drastic measures; but it is, I think, to these reckless young wretches, and a few silly, sentimental simpletons who permit themselves to be drawn into a mawkish correspondence with perfect strangers, that we really owe the continued existence of the stage-door "masher," who wishes to be mistaken for a member of the

    Stage Confidences

  • The "masher" is an impertinence, a nuisance; but never, dear madam, never a danger.

    Stage Confidences

  • Of course, now and again, at long, long intervals, a man really falls in love with a woman whom he has seen only upon the stage; but no "masher" proceedings are taken in such cases.

    Stage Confidences

  • No more vulgar term exists than "masher," and it is a distinct comfort to find Webster ascribing the origin of the word to England's reckless fun-maker, -- _Punch_.

    Stage Confidences

  • But so far as the stage "masher" is concerned, dear and anxious mamma, auntie, or sister, don't worry about the safety of your actress to be.

    Stage Confidences

  • And Ephraim was the "masher" of the country neighborhood.

    The Old Hanging Fork and Other Poems

  • The last clipping recounted how an irate husband pounded a "masher" so hard that he died.

    Courts and Criminals

  • The sight of this empty-headed dandified "masher" embittered me, and I reminded him rather brutally of ten shilling he had borrowed from me.



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  • "People remember his old father driving into town in his own carriage; indeed, they remembered Tom Devereux himslef as a bit of a masher, smoking a cigar and wearing a new flower in his buttonhole every day."
    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Miser'.

    September 6, 2008