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

Aircraft shaped like gorgeous peacocks fly over lush green landscapes. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The recipe comes from a cook named B. Kumari Suseela in Kerala, a coastal state on the southern tip of India that draws flocks of tourists with its lush landscapes and distinctive seafood-rich cuisine. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 The area was then a smattering of homes surrounded by lush citrus trees. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Controversy in the air as Mesa homeowners decry neighboring asphalt plant’s odors," 11 July 2018 The trees whose limbs were burned bare grow lush new leaves. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Journalists, readers can't allow the Capital Gazette killings to darken our light," 29 June 2018 With our rolling waves, white sea walls and lush palm trees, South Florida was made for selfies. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "The best places to take selfies in South Florida," 21 June 2018 Ponds, lush landscaping and mature trees complete the gated setting. Mike Deasy and Sara Clephane of Deasy/Penner & Partners were the listing agents. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer pulls in $11.5 million for Brentwood estate," 16 June 2018 The surrounding landscape is covered with lush trees and vegetation. Stephanie Farr, Philly.com, "Japanese House head gardener went from forager to 'de facto cherry blossom expert' | We the People," 4 Apr. 2018 Obama sits on a wooden chair, arms crossed, looking stoically into the distance while surrounded by lush green leaves and flowers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Barack and Michelle Obama Unveil Their Official Portraits at the Smithsonian," 12 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 My not-so-inner lush loves the unpretentious split of Prosecco that always accompanies my champagne cocktail with Abyssinian bitters. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 The fields, lush in some places but brown in others, are a reminder that Schultz, the coffee industry and the authorities charged with stopping climate change need to move fast. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 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

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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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