lush

adjective
\ 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

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for lush

Synonyms: Adjective

green, grown, leafy, luxuriant, overgrown, verdant

Synonyms: Noun

alcoholic, alkie (or alky) [slang], boozehound, boozer, dipsomaniac, drinker, drunk, drunkard, inebriate, juicehead [slang], juicer [slang], rummy, soak, soaker, sot, souse, tippler, toper, tosspot

Antonyms: Adjective

barren, leafless

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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

There are many different types of weeds that can spoil a lush, green lawn: crabgrass, dandelions, white clover, quack grass, wood sorrel, bindweed, broad-leaf plantain, cinquefoil and creeping charley to name a few. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Lawn Weeds," 19 Apr. 2019 Indeed, a lush lawn, blooming flowers and towering trees are in short supply. latimes.com, "The charms of southeastern New Mexico are sometimes subtle but priceless," 27 May 2018 Then there is Norway's abiding infatuation with its lush natural surroundings. Author: David Segal, Anchorage Daily News, "As medals pile up, Norway worries: Are we winning too much?," 24 Feb. 2018 The Woolfs loved the property for its lush, informal grounds, including an Italian garden, a dew pond, a terrace and an orchard. WSJ, "How Virginia Woolf Decorated Her Room of One's Own," 5 Mar. 2019 The ground is lush, with a thick grass that gently moves as a cool breeze blows past. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 Sprawling gardens and lush palms lead to two beaches tucked away under the watchful eye of Fort du Langoustier, a stunning stone fortress perched nearby. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This French Island Is the Nantucket of the Mediterranean," 16 Aug. 2018 Aircraft shaped like gorgeous peacocks fly over lush green landscapes. Sharmila Mukherjee, The Seattle Times, "SAM’s ‘Peacock in the Desert’ opens the doors of our perception to the marvelous," 2 Jan. 2019 The recipe comes from a cook named B. Kumari Suseela in Kerala, a coastal state on the southern tip of India that draws flocks of tourists with its lush landscapes and distinctive seafood-rich cuisine. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The result is more sparse and separated than the lush lashes often seen Stateside, but the Korean trend still gives eyes a widening effect. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Are the Biggest Makeup Trends in South Korea in 2019," 8 May 2019 Finally, your colonists will be able to escape from their tiny bubble-domes and wander a lush and lively Mars, thanks to the wonders of terraforming. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits," 12 Apr. 2019 But the actor getting the most Tony buzz is up-and-comer Katie Finneran, whose over-the-top turn as lusty lush Marge MacDougall keeps the audience in tears for much of the second act. Jennifer Dixon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Broadway's Promises, Promises Promises to Be Charming," 3 May 2010 Ta's penchant for fun color pairings, glowing skin, and lush lashes reflect the makeup trends that everyone has been trying lately. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Makeup Artist Patrick Ta Shares Fall’s Five Biggest Trends and Techniques You Need to Know," 18 Sep. 2018 On the flip side of the spectrum, Ciara and Kerry Washington opted for lush, voluminous disco curls, letting the humidity (and bombshell factor) play to their advantage. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 7 Beauty Trends That Ruled Summer—And How To Take Them Into Fall," 29 Aug. 2018 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

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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

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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)

informal : a person who is often drunk

lush

adjective
\ 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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