lush

adjective
\ˈləsh \

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

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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

The book hits retailers on March 27, but scroll down for a sneak peek of Pei’s lush, sensuous designs. Morgan Sykes, The Cut, "The Chinese Designer Behind Rihanna’s Famous Yellow Gown," 25 Mar. 2018 The story is set in multiple locations including a lush green valley forest, badlands with prehistoric volcanoes and a city made of bronze. Time, "How the Studio Behind Early Man Is Keeping It Old-School in a Digital World," 14 Feb. 2018 Clear, still waters with nary a ripple breaking the surface hugged by ancient sandstone cliffs flecked with lush, green flora instantly transport you to a place of serenity. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 Drone video shot in 2016 shows the resort surrounded by a lush, green golf course that has been a stop on the PGA's Latin American tour. David Williams, CNN, "Guatemala hotel that proudly touted its volcano views is now covered in ash," 6 June 2018 Rock Springs Run is a creek and intimate – a country road to an interstate – but lush, shadowed and secret. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Wekiva and Rock Springs Run cure stress with gorgeous gators and hypnotic rain," 1 June 2018 The horses congregate on vast stretches of land, once green and lush, now dry and parched. Andrew Craft, Fox News, "Effort to save Nevada’s starving wild horses riles up community," 17 May 2018 Both settled down, especially Rowley, whose large, lush, beautifully produced voice was full of phrase readings with great expressive impact. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Love 'Tosca'? Philadelphia Orchestra's staging doesn't disappoint," 13 May 2018 This robin must be a lush, waiting for the bar to open. Stanton Delaplane, San Francisco Chronicle, "Leftover robin, Stanton Delaplane, 1970," 25 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Today, the Scott resembles a postindustrial sacrifice zone, its once lush floodplain buried under heaps of mine tailings. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018 Oregon: Umpqua Hot Springs The tiered pools that make up Umpqua Hot Springs are surrounded by vegetation that is so damned lush, the place is as relaxing to the eyes as the hot water is to your sore muscles. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "The Secret to Happiness? Hot Springs," 1 June 2018 Brody's space includes a lush, dinosaur-themed bedroom and a playroom with pink flamingo wallpaper. Lisa Van Loo, azcentral, "Phoenix Coronado house renovation: Lofts, beams and Notorious B.I.G. wallpaper," 7 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)

: a person who is often drunk

lush

adjective
\ˈləsh \
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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