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mash (n.)

"soft mixture, mass of ingredients beaten or stirred together," late Old English *masc (in masc-wyrt "mash-wort, infused malt"), from Proto-Germanic *maisk- (source also of Swedish mäsk "grains for pigs," German Maisch "crushed grapes, infused malt," Old English meox "dung, filth"), possibly from PIE root *meik- "to mix."

Originally a word in brewing; general sense of "anything reduced to a soft pulpy consistency" is recorded from 1590s, as is the figurative sense "confused mixture, muddle." Short for mashed potatoes it is attested from 1904.

mash (v.)

Old English mæscan, "to mix with hot water," from the same root as mash (n.). Meaning "to beat into a soft mass" is mid-13c. Related: Mashed; mashing. For romantic sense, see masher.

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Definitions of mash from WordNet
1
mash (v.)
to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition;
Synonyms: squash / crush / squelch / squeeze
mash (v.)
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions;
Synonyms: chat up / flirt / dally / butterfly / coquet / coquette / romance / philander
mash (v.)
reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading;
mash the garlic
Synonyms: grind / crunch / bray / comminute
2
mash (n.)
a mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing;
mash (n.)
mixture of ground animal feeds;
From wordnet.princeton.edu