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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Adams noted the environment of southwestern North America at the time of the Alamosaurus would have been lush with trees more than 100 feet high, perfect for the long-necked dinosaur. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "The Alamosaurus was a Texas dinosaur and one of the world's largest. But no, it was not named after the Alamo. Boo.," 30 Mar. 2021 Visit Atlanta in the spring, when the azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom and parks are lush, or in the fall, when the temperature cools and the trees turn, providing a smoldering backdrop for outdoor concerts and festivals. Ellie Nan Storck, Travel + Leisure, "Atlanta Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 The spruce, maple, and locust trees filling the rolling hills are lush. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "API president says he hopes for a seat at the table in Biden administration," 25 Feb. 2021 The style is bright and lively, more lush than zippy, marked by notes of citrus and herb. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Wine Can Be Fun—Seriously," 24 Feb. 2021 Instead, pair lush, soft, and frothy textures and textiles with marble, gold, silver, and lacquered tones for a dynamic look and feel. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings," 13 Jan. 2021 Next to it, at Illinois and 19th streets, there’s an entry plaza and a surprisingly lush 1-acre lawn — which is separated from the street by an old fence that, because it was deemed historic, had to remain in place. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Rugged new S.F. bayside park offers something unexpected — a day at the beach," 1 Oct. 2020 The outdoor patio feels more laidback, with rattan ceiling fans, eclectic furniture and lush greenery as a nod to Havana, bringing a distinct Miami flair to the Carbone experience. Taylor Stoddard, Forbes, "Major Food Group Opens Carbone Miami With Overwhelming Popularity, And Rapid Expansion Plans To-Follow," 18 Mar. 2021 There's also a commanding view of the city from the club's posh rooftop terrace, where lush greenery and outdoor fireplaces were designed with midnight cocktails in mind. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox to open upscale Nashville supper club with Justin Timberlake," 18 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Recently, Wizkid’s longtime friend Virgil Abloh created an tracksuit for the rapper to celebrate the lush Made in Lagos record. Tami Makinde, Vogue, "Afropop Star Wizkid Brings the Sound and Street Style of Lagos to a Global Audience," 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, "Give salad some substance with winter squash," 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, "An Insider's Guide to Negril, Jamaica's Low-Key Hideaway," 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, "The 10 best slow trains through Europe," 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, "A Private Island in New Jersey Is on the Market for Just $200,000," 28 Feb. 2020 By Friday morning, three players will have already decamped from the lush, well-manicured IMG campus. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "The MLS Preseason is winding down, but FC Cincinnati is staying busy," 20 Feb. 2020 Gathered here, a few glimpses into the lush, often historic features of Georgia, and some of the animals and people that call it home. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Georgia: Images of the Peach State," 19 Jan. 2020 According to Stritch’s biographer, Alexandra Jacobs, her first plan was to unravel her reputation as a lush by finally, at thirty-nine years old, taking up hobbies that were healthy—bicycling, learning to play piano. The New Yorker, "Our Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2019," 12 Dec. 2019

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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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11 Apr 2021

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“Lush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lush. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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