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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 At times through that same window appear the fields of Amgash, deceptively lush and beckoning us into the past. Allison Adato, EW.com, "My Name is Lucy Barton," 16 Jan. 2020 Debut full-length LP Worlds was like Daft Punk's Discovery for millennials raised on anime and ProTools -- lush and lo-fi, robotic and sentimental, vividly 16-bit. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s: Staff Picks," 19 Nov. 2019 Tucked away in the Gucci Garden—three-floor multi-sensory space dedicated to all things, well, Gucci—in Florence is Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura, a fabulous restaurant adorned in shades of lush and plush green. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Gucci’s Restaurant Just Got a Michelin Star," 7 Nov. 2019 Family, friends, town, and state officials gathered for the dedication at 45 Sadds Mill Road, a lush and green expanse that grew under Tedford’s stewardship. Dennis Hohenberger, courant.com, "Ellington Honors Legacy Of Robert Tedford," 31 Oct. 2019 This is how the brand describes the candle on the site: A voluptuous, lush and feminine fragrance. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian is Launching a KKW Fragrance Candle," 16 Sep. 2019 Just as the mountains stay lush and water keeps flowing, we are bound to meet again some time in future! Jane Li, Quartz, "What Jack Ma said during his farewell speech to Alibaba," 11 Sep. 2019 Small wonder Amazon has already ordered a second season of this lush and richly textured series. Jennifer Ouellette, Wired, "Carnival Row brings a Richly Textured Fantasy World to Life," 4 Sep. 2019 Small wonder Amazon has already ordered a second season of this lush and richly textured series. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Carnival Row brings a richly textured fantasy world to vibrant life," 3 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nearby, lush, older mangroves drop their green-bean-like fruits towards the water and extend their green-bean-like roots up towards the sky. Jessica Wapner, Quartz, "Vietnamese women are hit harder by climate change—but they’re starting to fight back," 1 Dec. 2019 Crystal Gardenia offers a top note of water lily evoking a lush, wet petally effect to the opening. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian is Launching a KKW Fragrance Candle," 16 Sep. 2019 His bespoke Chinese five-spice marinade imbues braised lamb barbacoa with a lush, spicy quality. Los Angeles Times, "In Lakewood, our critic considers burnt cheese tacos and carne asada mac ’n’ cheese," 2 Oct. 2019 Scherer infused the space with a sense of play, often to spectacular effect: a bedroom is draped floor to ceiling in floral curtains to create the feeling of living inside a lush, blossom-​laden tent. Shoko Wagner, House Beautiful, "This Charming Upstate Home Was Inspired by an Antiques Store," 18 Nov. 2019 Whether your boyfriend is a people pleaser, a party person or a lush who loves living lavishly really doesn’t really matter anymore. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My boyfriend can’t pay his rent, but still won’t stop buying rounds of drinks for our friends," 16 Nov. 2019 What's just beyond this lush, curving boardwalk path? Aj Willingham, CNN, "A biker group's kindness, a great Disney idea and a very lucky monkey," 21 Sep. 2019 Each spring and fall, SAWS residential customers can apply for up to four WaterSaver coupons to replace part of a thirsty lawn with lush, drought-tolerant garden beds and/or permeable patios. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Attract butterflies and save money with SAWS coupon," 19 Sep. 2019 Layer melon with slices of cooling cucumber and avocado, and fiery, briny, sweet-sour red chile pepper for a lush yet light summer meal. Leigh Belanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A salad of melon, cucumber, avocado, feta, and pickled chiles is cooling and a little spicy," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Lush.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lush. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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