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: growing vigorously especially with luxuriant foliage
lush grass
: lavishly productive: such as
: fertile
lush farmland
: thriving
the lush idealism of the prewar periodF. B. Millett
: characterized by abundance : plentiful
lush campaign contributionsFulton Lewis
: prosperous, profitable
firms with lush contracts
: savory, delicious
a lush apple pie
: appealing to the senses
the lush sounds of the orchestra
: opulent, sumptuous
lush accommodations
lushly adverb
lushness noun


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


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lushed; lushing; lushes

transitive verb

slang : to consume (alcohol)
I left the clinic, went to a restaurant, and began lushing beer …Norma McCorvey
often used with up
lushing up Prohibition gin …Lawrence Lipton
'Tis the season for spiked eggnog. … But what if you never touch alcohol or need a break from lushing it up?Sheila Livadas
slang : to ply (someone) with alcohol
often used with up
He found them in Fleet Market, and lushed them up with gin.Patrick Pringle

intransitive verb

: to consume alcohol : drink sense 2
often used with up
"I've been lushing up here and there, which is bad for the intestine and doesn't help the soul much either …"John Clellon Holmes, quoted in Brother-Souls: John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac, and the Beat Generation
Choose the Right Synonym for lush

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
In a recent Instagram post, Simmons shows off several new Chanel bags amongst lush pink florals and candles. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 20 Sep. 2023 Its unique gel texture massages into a lush foam that quickly removes traces of dirt, oil, sunscreen, and makeup. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 19 Sep. 2023 What’s Great About It The large rattan basket, lush foliage, and long chain makes this a show-stopping arrangement. Lee Alisha Williams, Southern Living, 18 Sep. 2023 Trumbore carefully assembled lines from contemporary American poets Barbara Crooker, Laura Foley and Amy Fleury, setting them in a lush harmonic language that at times recalls her teacher Morten Lauridsen’s sonorities. Christian Hertzog, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2023 Where to Eat and Drink There are lots of restaurants in Provenza with open-air eateries under the lush green canopy of trees that line the streets. Adam Groffman, Travel + Leisure, 17 Sep. 2023 The opening Requiem aeternam begins in lush, pastel harmonies before developing more contrapuntal textures. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2023 Guests were surrounded by bountiful charcuterie stations, and the casual elegance of the evening took inspiration from the land and its lush greenery, countryside wildflowers, and freshly grown vegetables. Alexandra MacOn, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2023 The relaxed location will have several food and beverage options, a wellness facility, spa, and guest bedrooms, which will all be juxtaposed against the area’s lush natural settings, primed for hiking and biking. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 7 Sep. 2023
Elliot is a rapacious, omnivorous lush with a God complex; Beverly is a repressed, anxious lesbian with a morality complex. The Rachel Weisz Gay Index, Vulture, 24 Apr. 2023 Bell's Brewery has big plans for 2023: 5 top takeaways WeldWerks opened in Greeley in 2015 and quickly became a cult favorite in a state lush with craft beer. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2023 In West Long Beach, Ms. Hollins has lived and worked for the past 30 years out of her one-story ranch house, set on a property lush with trees, native plants and shrubbery. Eileen Guo, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 At this Corona del Mar house, landscape designer Margaret Carole McElwee created a garden lush with boxwood hedges, lavender, ficus, and cypress. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 1 Feb. 2023 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 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, 16 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History



Middle English lusch soft, tender


origin unknown

First Known Use


1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lush was in 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Lush.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: being juicy and fresh
lush grass
: covered with thick healthy growth
lush pastures
lushly adverb
lushness noun

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