\ 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



Definition of lush (Entry 2 of 3)

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


lushed; lushing; lushes

Definition of lush (Entry 3 of 3)

: drink

Other Words from lush


lushly adverb
lushness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lush

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The unique setting on top of the palm fronds and other lush greenery makes for a romantic meal. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Surrounded by everything from lush greenery to charming wood paneling or all-stone walls, an outdoor tub is just begging you to take a dip and get into full relaxation mode — with nature as the backdrop. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 At sunset, the Kronbachs have cocktails on the lagoon, sometimes followed by an outdoor movie set against its dark, lush greenery. Cecilie Rohwedder, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Inside a charming nursery is an oasis of lush greenery, seasonal flowers, rustic décor and Tiny Boxwoods, an ideal all-season setting for an intimate date or a lively Sunday brunch. Robin Soslow, Chron, 25 Apr. 2022 This area can be enhanced with elements of wood, lush plants and flowers. Jean Chen Smith, The Enquirer, 24 Oct. 2021 In the Winter House, guests are welcomed by 14 blue canaries in the porch room, which is filled with lush plants that were grown onsite. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 19 Aug. 2021 But a few yards from the seawall a 700-square-foot floating oasis bobs on the water exploding with lush green plants and blooming native flowers., 2 Aug. 2021 This palm leaf pattern brings a tropical feel and pairs well with lots of lush plants and natural textures. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The production and scenery are gorgeous; the score (by Max Richter) lush and haunting; the direction grand, immersive and occasionally hallucinatory; the performances seldom not pitch-perfect. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 There, Sean Penn roars in as a old-studio lush as Tom Waits and other pals grin on the sidelines. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 Recently, Wizkid’s longtime friend Virgil Abloh created an tracksuit for the rapper to celebrate the lush Made in Lagos record. Tami Makinde, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 When cubed and roasted in a hot oven, butternut’s sugars rise to the surface, developing a caramel crust as the flesh turns velvety and lush. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 For visuals, Jamaica Giants Sculpture Park and Art Garden, a lush, high-elevation venue, houses paintings and stone sculptures by local artists. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 The service — a simple commuter shuttle — dives southward out of Bilbao into the lush, deep-green mountains of the Basque Country, before turning north to run along the coast toward San Sebastian. Will Hawkes, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 Located near the Grassy Sound in Jersey, this lush, 19-acre island with views of the Wildwoods has taxes totaling less than $360 a year. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 28 Feb. 2020 By Friday morning, three players will have already decamped from the lush, well-manicured IMG campus. Pat Brennan,, 20 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of lush


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lush


Middle English lusch soft, tender


origin unknown

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More Definitions for lush


\ 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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