lush

adjective
\ ˈləsh How to pronounce lush (audio) \

Definition of lush

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : growing vigorously especially with luxuriant foliage lush grass
b : lavishly productive: such as
(1) : fertile lush farmland
(2) : thriving the lush idealism of the prewar period— F. B. Millett
(3) : characterized by abundance : plentiful lush campaign contributions— Fulton Lewis
(4) : prosperous, profitable firms with lush contracts
2a : savory, delicious a lush apple pie
b : appealing to the senses the lush sounds of the orchestra
c : opulent, sumptuous lush accommodations

lush

noun

Definition of lush (Entry 2 of 3)

1 slang : intoxicating liquor : drink
2 : a habitual heavy drinker : drunkard

lush

verb
lushed; lushing; lushes

Definition of lush (Entry 3 of 3)

slang
: drink

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Other Words from lush

Adjective

lushly adverb
lushness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lush

Synonyms: Adjective

green, grown, leafy, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunk, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], rummy, soak, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

Antonyms: Adjective

barren, leafless

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Adjective

profuse, lavish, prodigal, luxuriant, lush, exuberant mean giving or given out in great abundance. profuse implies pouring forth without restraint. profuse apologies lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion. a lavish party prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources. prodigal spending luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance. a luxuriant beard lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance. a lush green lawn exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly. an exuberant imagination

Examples of lush in a Sentence

Adjective

The frequent rainfall encourages the lush growth of trees, ferns, and shrubs. She always wanted to live on a lush Caribbean island. The hills are lush with deep, thick grass. a lush and fruity wine

Noun

He's just an old lush. she accused him of being a lush and a spendthrift
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Piran, Slovenia Skip the crowds in Italy and Croatia and head to the lush, neighboring country of Slovenia instead. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 29 May 2019 To say my eyebrows have always been lush would be polite. Glamour, "I Went to Meghan Markle's Favorite Brow Place and Learned So Many Secrets," 10 May 2019 In places such as Shaxi, a lush valley high in the mountains of Yunnan Province, visitors hungry to see the storybook version of ancient China are helping to spur a flurry of private and public preservation initiatives. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "Time Travel in China," 27 Mar. 2019 The house’s timber facade erupts in painted stripes of white, green and magenta, marking from a distance the joyful spot where the village ends and the lush valley beyond begins. Shonquis Moreno, Curbed, "‘If you take out the art, the building itself can’t stand’," 6 Aug. 2018 Long Creek Falls Long Creek tumbles and crashes over this beautiful waterfall in the lush Three Forks valley near Ellijay. Eric Champlin, ajc, "40 must-visit waterfalls in North Georgia," 14 June 2018 The stone building, a farmhouse, sits on the side of a road overlooking a lush green valley. Alice Short, latimes.com, "Avoiding pain and finding only pleasure in Sicily," 27 May 2018 Beds of herbs, produce and flowers are terraced into the hillside, flanked by stone walls and bordered by open fields and a lush valley. BostonGlobe.com, "He planted a seed and an idea took root. The result is Red Barns at Kelly Way Gardens.," 19 Apr. 2018 Our final pick is the suburb of Beaverton, Ore., which is just 7 miles west of Portland, Ore., in the lush Tualatin Valley. Devorah Lev-tov, USA TODAY, "America's secret suburban food scenes," 28 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The result is more sparse and separated than the lush lashes often seen Stateside, but the Korean trend still gives eyes a widening effect. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Are the Biggest Makeup Trends in South Korea in 2019," 8 May 2019 Finally, your colonists will be able to escape from their tiny bubble-domes and wander a lush and lively Mars, thanks to the wonders of terraforming. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits," 12 Apr. 2019 But the actor getting the most Tony buzz is up-and-comer Katie Finneran, whose over-the-top turn as lusty lush Marge MacDougall keeps the audience in tears for much of the second act. Jennifer Dixon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Broadway's Promises, Promises Promises to Be Charming," 3 May 2010 Ta's penchant for fun color pairings, glowing skin, and lush lashes reflect the makeup trends that everyone has been trying lately. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Makeup Artist Patrick Ta Shares Fall’s Five Biggest Trends and Techniques You Need to Know," 18 Sep. 2018 On the flip side of the spectrum, Ciara and Kerry Washington opted for lush, voluminous disco curls, letting the humidity (and bombshell factor) play to their advantage. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 7 Beauty Trends That Ruled Summer—And How To Take Them Into Fall," 29 Aug. 2018 Mike and his Music Masters dust off the old ‘Jake Walk Blues’ and lampoon the poor lushes outside, but nobody’s laughing much now. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 This will encourage us all to turn to our lush, deep inner lives. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 9," 9 July 2018 Fat weaved in and out like white lines on the brisket highway without driving right off the road, every bite lush and smoky without going over the top. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: B&D Icehouse," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of lush

Adjective

1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lush

Adjective

Middle English lusch soft, tender

Noun

origin unknown

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Luscinia

luscious

lush

lushburg

Lushei

lushings

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lush

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a lot of full and healthy growth
: covered with healthy green plants
: having a pleasingly rich quality

lush

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lush (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : a person who is often drunk

lush

adjective
\ ˈləsh How to pronounce lush (audio) \
lusher; lushest

Kids Definition of lush

1 : characterized by full and healthy growth lush grass
2 : covered with a thick growth of healthy plants a lush tropical island
3 : luxurious sense 1 a lush hotel lobby

Other Words from lush

lushly adverb
lushness noun

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