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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 period F. B. Millett
: characterized by abundance : plentiful
lush campaign contributions Fulton 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

: 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
: 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

Example Sentences

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
Like her predecessors’, Thomas’s work is lush with flowers and trees. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022 All of the songs sounded lush, full and balanced, with Yorke’s ageless falsetto floating above the mix. William Earl, Variety, 21 Nov. 2022 Drawing on elements like big band, bossa nova, and film scores from the golden age of Hollywood, the album is a lush and lofty epic that spins fictional vintage narratives into song. Time, 20 Nov. 2022 The garland is lush and pre-lit with 100 white lights, featuring 200 branch tips and decorated with red holly berries and assorted pinecones. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 Her historical romances are always engrossing, lush, and downright moving. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 17 Nov. 2022 In the state’s forests, no one is raking or picking up leaves but the forest ground is lush and thriving with several plant species. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 14 Nov. 2022 New Black futures—intricate and lush and free—were opening up. WIRED, 11 Nov. 2022 It's also known for its sekt, sparkling wine made in the lush surrounding countryside. Joe Minihane, CNN, 8 Nov. 2022
The production and scenery are gorgeous; the score (by Max Richter) lush and haunting; the direction grand, immersive and occasionally hallucinatory; the performances seldom not pitch-perfect. Washington Post, 4 Feb. 2022 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 Recently, Wizkid’s longtime friend Virgil Abloh created an tracksuit for the rapper to celebrate the lush Made in Lagos record. Tami Makinde, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 When cubed and roasted in a hot oven, butternut’s sugars rise to the surface, developing a caramel crust as the flesh turns velvety and lush. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 7 Oct. 2020 For visuals, Jamaica Giants Sculpture Park and Art Garden, a lush, high-elevation venue, houses paintings and stone sculptures by local artists. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 The service — a simple commuter shuttle — dives southward out of Bilbao into the lush, deep-green mountains of the Basque Country, before turning north to run along the coast toward San Sebastian. Will Hawkes, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2020 Located near the Grassy Sound in Jersey, this lush, 19-acre island with views of the Wildwoods has taxes totaling less than $360 a year. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, 28 Feb. 2020 By Friday morning, three players will have already decamped from the lush, well-manicured IMG campus. Pat Brennan,, 20 Feb. 2020 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 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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