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Etymology 1[edit]

(onomatopoeia); compare splash, splosh.


slosh ‎(third-person singular simple present sloshes, present participle sloshing, simple past and past participle sloshed)

  1. (intransitive, of a liquid) To shift chaotically; to splash noisily.
    The water in his bottle sloshed back and forth as he ran.
  2. (Britain, colloquial, transitive) To punch (someone).
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter VIII:
      She greeted me with a bright smile, and said: “Back already? Did you find it?” With a strong effort I mastered my emotion and replied curtly but civilly that the answer was in the negative. “No,” I said, “I did not find it.” “You can't have looked properly.” Again I was compelled to pause and remind myself that an English gentleman does not slosh a sitting redhead, no matter what the provocation.


slosh ‎(plural sloshes)

  1. A quantity of a liquid; more than a splash
    As the show progressed, a dollop of backfin crabmeat and a slice of mozzarella was added to the veal, fresh sliced white mushrooms to the beef, followed by a slosh of white wine in one pan and a slosh of brandy in the other.
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Etymology 2[edit]

By analogy with slash.


slosh ‎(plural sloshes)

  1. (computing) backslash, the character \.