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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun
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; as, he worked in the 25th MASH .
noun Mash
A mesh.
noun Mash
Senses
  1. 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.
  2. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  3. A mess; trouble.(Obs)

Etymology: Akin to G. meisch maisch meische maische, mash, wash, and prob. to AS. miscian to mix. See Mix

verb Mash
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.to convert, as malt, or malt and meal, into the mash which makes wort.

Etymology: Akin to G. meischen maischen, to mash, mix, and prob. to mischen, E. mix. See 2d Mash

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Mixture of ground animal feeds
  2. A mixture of mashed malt grains and hot water; used in brewing
  3. Reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading ("mash the garlic")
  4. Talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
  5. To compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
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  1. (obsolete) A mesh

From Middle English mash, from Old English mǣsc-, māsc-, māx-, from Proto-Germanic *maiskaz, *maiskō (“mixture, mash”), from Proto-Indo-European *meyǵ-, *meyḱ- (“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.

  1. (uncountable) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state.
  2. 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.
  3. Mashed potatoes.
  4. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  5. (obsolete): A mess; trouble.

The verb comes from Middle English meshen, meissen, mæschen (“to beat into a mash”).

  1. (uncountable) A mass of mixed ingredients reduced to a soft pulpy state by beating or pressure; a mass of anything in a soft pulpy state.
  2. 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.
  3. Mashed potatoes.
  4. A mixture of meal or bran and water fed to animals.
  5. (obsolete): A mess; trouble.

Either by analogy withmash (“to press, to soften”), or more likely from Romanimasha (“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:

  1. (obsolete) an infatuation, a crush, a fancy
  2. (obsolete) a dandy, a masher
  3. (obsolete) the object of one’s affections (either sex)
It was introduced by the well-known gypsy family of actors, C., among whom Romany was habitually spoken. The word “masher” or “mash” means in that tongue to allure, delude, or entice. It was doubtless much aided in its popularity by its quasi-identity with the English word. But there can be no doubt as to the gypsy origin of “mash” as used on the stage. I am indebted for this information to the late well-known impresario [Albert Marshall] Palmer of New York, and I made a note of it years before the term had become at all popular.
  1. (obsolete) an infatuation, a crush, a fancy
  2. (obsolete) a dandy, a masher
  3. (obsolete) the object of one’s affections (either sex)

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    Ethnicity Mash U.S.
      White 86.56% 64.26%
      African American 9.01% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.06% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.26% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Mash

    • How Popular is the name Mash? As a last name Mash was the 14,893rd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Mash first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Mash is Sunday, May 13th, 1877.
    • How unique is the name Mash? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Mash. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
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    • How many people have the last name Mash? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,987 people with the last name Mash.
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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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