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lush

adjective \ ˈləsh \

Definition of lush

1 a :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
2 a :savory, delicious
  • a lush apple pie
b :appealing to the senses
  • the lush sounds of the orchestra
c :opulent, sumptuous
  • lush accommodations

lushly

adverb

lushness

noun

Examples of lush in a Sentence

  1. The frequent rainfall encourages the lush growth of trees, ferns, and shrubs.

  2. She always wanted to live on a lush Caribbean island.

  3. The hills are lush with deep, thick grass.

  4. a lush and fruity wine

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Origin and Etymology of lush

Middle English lusch soft, tender

Synonym Discussion of 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

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lush

noun

Definition of lush

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

Examples of lush in a Sentence

  1. He's just an old lush.

  2. she accused him of being a lush and a spendthrift

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Origin and Etymology of lush

origin unknown

lush Synonyms

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lush

verb

Definition of lush

slang

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First Known Use of lush

circa 1811

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LUSH Defined for English Language Learners

lush

adjective

Definition of lush for English Language Learners

  • : having a lot of full and healthy growth

  • : covered with healthy green plants

  • : having a pleasingly rich quality


lush

noun

Definition of lush for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is often drunk


LUSH Defined for Kids

lush

adjective \ ˈləsh \

Definition of lush for Students

lusher; lushest
1 :characterized by full and healthy growth
  • lush grass
2 :covered with a thick growth of healthy plants
  • a lush tropical island
3 :luxurious 1
  • a lush hotel lobby

lushly

adverb

lushness

noun


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