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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)


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Other Words from lush


lushly adverb
lushness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lush

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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 His plates are lush and accomplished: poached lobster ceviche, in particular, is a knockout. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "First look: Politan Row dining hall in Rice Village," 7 Nov. 2019 Bridgewater’s expressive pipes have graced multiple wonderful recordings for a significant chunk of time, and lately her timbre is as lush as ever. Bret Saunders, The Know, "Get a taste of New Orleans when Preservation Hall Jazz Band comes to Denver," 2 Nov. 2019 Two hundred thousand years ago, though, Makgadikgadi was also lush. The Economist, "Where was Eden? Perhaps in a sun-baked salt plain in Botswana," 31 Oct. 2019 The area is lush with vegetation and shaded by trees. New York Times, "Swine Fever? Trade War? China Turns to Strategic Pork Reserve," 7 Oct. 2019 The gardens are lush and plentiful, complete with an enchanted forest area and an exhilarating zipline. Amanda Molitor, The Denver Post, "A whimsical lifestyle and historic charm await at this Cherry Hills Village estate," 19 Sep. 2019 The fields which have built-in sprinkler systems are lush and green, but the grass on the other side of the fences is not and the drought conditions have damaged much of it. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Vision for Windsor softball complex becomes a reality," 22 July 2019 Our yard looks sick, while others are lush and lovely. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Cotton root rot lurks to attack vulnerable plants," 12 July 2019 Dumplings stuffed with potato, sauerkraut or salmon are lush and addictive, but the Polish wine is better avoided. Michelle Hackman And Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The Quirkiest Dining Scene in Berlin? Communist Comfort Food," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What's just beyond this lush, curving boardwalk path? Aj Willingham, CNN, "A biker group's kindness, a great Disney idea and a very lucky monkey," 21 Sep. 2019 Each spring and fall, SAWS residential customers can apply for up to four WaterSaver coupons to replace part of a thirsty lawn with lush, drought-tolerant garden beds and/or permeable patios. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Attract butterflies and save money with SAWS coupon," 19 Sep. 2019 Layer melon with slices of cooling cucumber and avocado, and fiery, briny, sweet-sour red chile pepper for a lush yet light summer meal. Leigh Belanger, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: A salad of melon, cucumber, avocado, feta, and pickled chiles is cooling and a little spicy," 13 Aug. 2019 Starcourt is a lush, kid-friendly hangout — and an invasive commie plot. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The ending of Stranger Things 3 proves the limits of nostalgia: EW review, with spoilers," 4 July 2019 In the lush surrounding gardens, the neck of a carved stone swan was broken by Hurricane Irma. David Campany, The New Yorker, "Life in Miami on the Knife’s Edge of Climate Change," 18 Aug. 2019 The outer part of her arm is already covered by a delicate weave of poppy flowers on stems and lush serrated leaves. Trina J. Wood, Washington Post, "Surrender control and hold them close: What my daughter’s addiction taught me about parenting," 3 Aug. 2019 Like this lush, universally flattering lipstick, for example. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, "Tatcha and Sephora Are Offering a Mystery Skin-Care Gift — Here's How to Get Yours," 15 May 2019 Every year around this time, a delectable wave of Brazilian music sweeps across the Bay Area, bringing a lush, vivifying surge of beauty to the fading days of summer. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, "Don’t miss Benji & Rita as Brazilian wave hits Bay Area," 27 Aug. 2019

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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)

informal : a person who is often drunk
\ 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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