\ˈləsh \

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

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Other Words from lush


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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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


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


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

Spending the resources to build extravagant buildings and lush gardens feels pointless when any random player can come by and wreck your stuff. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, "Two weeks in, Fallout 76 is a lonely, glitchy, flawed mess," 28 Nov. 2018 Fox Searchlight The film is set centuries ago, and its lush, rich visuals frame the tale, while leaving room for some elements that are obviously not from the 18th century. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos on why his films aren’t as mean as people say," 21 Nov. 2018 With warm weather, blue skies and miles of lush scenery to enjoy, Condé Nast Traveler, in partnership with, is officially calling it road trip season. Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "The Best Summer Road Trips," 26 Oct. 2018 Workers have already dug a row of additional graves at the lush green cemetery, ready and waiting for whoever comes next. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 On the Razer, Bumblebee Farm looks cozy and lush. Footsteps are weighty, and the cows, goats, and sheep sound alive. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 Mountain gorillas live in lush and misty forests along a range of dormant volcanoes in east Africa. Christina Larson, The Seattle Times, "Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up," 14 Nov. 2018 Many lush and surprisingly bloody battles take place between scenes in which men stand around in fields, tents, and palaces intoning meaningfully about duty, loyalty, the land, and freedom. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Netflix’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a Scottish warrior-king, is bloody medieval fun," 9 Nov. 2018 Snapshots emerge lush and rich, like this one shot of my boyfriend in dim lighting. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The best instant camera for the beach," 10 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 My not-so-inner lush loves the unpretentious split of Prosecco that always accompanies my champagne cocktail with Abyssinian bitters. Shakirah Simley, Bon Appetit, "The Harlem of the West: What’s to Become of The Fillmore?," 6 June 2018 The fields, lush in some places but brown in others, are a reminder that Schultz, the coffee industry and the authorities charged with stopping climate change need to move fast. Justin Worland/alajuela, Time, "Your Morning Cup of Coffee Is in Danger. Can the Industry Adapt in Time?," 21 June 2018 Today, the Scott resembles a postindustrial sacrifice zone, its once lush floodplain buried under heaps of mine tailings. Ben Goldfarb, Science | AAAS, "Beaver dams without beavers? Artificial logjams are a popular but controversial restoration tool," 7 June 2018

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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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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)

: a person who is often drunk


\ˈləsh \
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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