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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. (transitive, of a liquid) To cause to slosh
    The boy sloshed water over the edge of the bath.
  3. (intransitive) To make a sloshing sound.
    They were so completely soaked that they sloshed when he walked.
  4. (transitive, of a liquid) To pour noisily, sloppily or in large amounts
    The coffee was nice and hot, so she sloshed some into a cup and went back to her desk.
    He really sloshed on the sauce- they were a bit strong for my taste.
  5. (intransitive) to move noisily through water or other liquid.
    The streets were flooded, but they still managed to slosh their way to school.
  6. (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 \.