\ 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)


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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The brisket rippled with the lush accordion texture of fat and lean in harmony, with a robust salt-and-pepper bark ($11.50 per half-pound). Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Among San Antonio’s best barbecue restaurants are 3 new places that opened in the last year," 7 Jan. 2021 Over the past few days, the beauty brand’s Instagram account, which has garnered more than 2 million followers, has been teasing a new drop of its lush yet natural-looking makeup offerings with feverish reception. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Selena Gomez’s New Rare Beauty Campaign With Petra Collins," 5 Jan. 2021 Judi Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure (Discovery Plus) Dame Judi Dench and conservationist David Mils uncover the lush rain forests, magical wildlife and coastlines of Malaysian Borneo in this two-part series. Washington Post, "What to watch on Monday: ‘A Perfect Planet’ on Discovery Plus," 4 Jan. 2021 That a lush hay farm had once been here seemed hard to believe. New York Times, "Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water," 3 Jan. 2021 Currently owned by actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely, towering mature palm trees frame the lush 12,500 sq. Mike Rose, cleveland, "Take a tour of Pierce Brosnan’s Malibu beach house (video)," 30 Dec. 2020 Humidity leads to lush plant life, which offers shadows to hide from predators. Sam Kean, Science | AAAS, "Will climate change make animals darker—or lighter?," 30 Dec. 2020 Harnessing water, then and now The reservation stretches across a wide floodplain in a patchwork of lush fields. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "Colorado River tribes seek approval from Congress to put water on the market in Arizona," 24 Dec. 2020 Its hills and lush valleys remain unblemished by buildings and utility lines. Louis Sahagún Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "A thorny land conservation dispute takes root in the wilds of Tejon Ranch," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Give salad some substance with winter squash," 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, "An Insider's Guide to Negril, Jamaica's Low-Key Hideaway," 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, "The 10 best slow trains through Europe," 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, "A Private Island in New Jersey Is on the Market for Just $200,000," 28 Feb. 2020 By Friday morning, three players will have already decamped from the lush, well-manicured IMG campus. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "The MLS Preseason is winding down, but FC Cincinnati is staying busy," 20 Feb. 2020 Gathered here, a few glimpses into the lush, often historic features of Georgia, and some of the animals and people that call it home. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Georgia: Images of the Peach State," 19 Jan. 2020 According to Stritch’s biographer, Alexandra Jacobs, her first plan was to unravel her reputation as a lush by finally, at thirty-nine years old, taking up hobbies that were healthy—bicycling, learning to play piano. The New Yorker, "Our Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019 An aerial view shows a lush landscape covered with trees. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "A big tract of Monte Sano is for sale," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

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“Lush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lush. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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



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

informal : a person who is often drunk
\ 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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