\ 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



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

Commercial fishers as well as divers from around the world traveled to the California coast to dive into lush kelp forests and pry snails off their rocks. Richie Hertzberg, National Geographic, "California's disappearing sea snails carry a grim climate warning," 20 Aug. 2019 This route is a dream: lush forest broken up with occasional panoramic views, little traffic and gentle grades. Brian Coyne,, "One Day, One Place: Mount Shasta, California," 11 July 2019 The more than 40 acre tract of land Mattaliano bought in November 2017, was cleared a few months ago of the dense, lush forest that had offered a semblance of privacy for resort members. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Local nudist resort sees influx of new members, faces development challenges," 5 July 2019 The company wants to replace cemeteries with lush forests, starting by actually protecting some that are in danger right now. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Better Place Forests Wants You to Choose a Memorial Tree Instead of a Tombstone," 13 June 2019 Five very different women, one very big lie: That’s the premise of Big Little Lies, HBO’s lush drama, back for its second season. Morgan Baila,, "Big Little Lies," 10 June 2019 Anyone yearning to spend a couple hours in an extravagant palatial life can watch Marie Antoinette or the lush drama series Versailles. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Best Shows and Movies to Watch on Netflix Before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding," 7 May 2018 Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell, and Dominic Cooper star in lush costume drama The Duchess, while Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger struggle to survive in Civil War-era North Carolina in Cold Mountain. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the New Movies & TV Shows You Can Watch on Netflix in April," 20 Mar. 2018 The sun is shining, the hay is piled high and friendly barnyard animals roam over lush green grass. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "How American Brewers Employed Fine Art to Sell Beer," 6 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tours of the home, permanent exhibits and 2.5 acres of lush gardens are open to the public daily. Trisha Boyer, USA TODAY, "The SoCal beach towns you shouldn't miss between Los Angeles and San Diego," 27 Aug. 2019 Rozman also gives the Prince and his castle staff several lush, handsome costumes. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing," 25 July 2019 Fans can look forward to the Montreal group’s lush, extended jams and film loop projections that have become a revered aspect of the band’s performances. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best Live Music in L.A.: Yola Dia festival, Herbie Hancock and more," 14 Aug. 2019 What’s evolved is something leading-edge and lush, a tribute to his Italian roots with a hefty dose of American ingenuity. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "The best restaurants in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley," 1 July 2019 Longmont Surrounded by two buildings and a row of lush trees on Main Street, the rooftop patio at Samples feels like an urban oasis. The Know Staff, The Know, "The coolest patios and rooftops to eat and drink on in the Front Range," 27 June 2019 There was once a peaceful hunting community called the Thozo, living in the lush, wildlife-rich wetlands of central Mozambique. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Visit a botanical garden in the lush ‘Īao Valley; then take a surfing lesson, riding Pacific waves across calm, shallow waters. National Geographic, "Hawai'i Middle School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The result is more sparse and separated than the lush lashes often seen Stateside, but the Korean trend still gives eyes a widening effect. Devon Abelman, Allure, "These Are the Biggest Makeup Trends in South Korea in 2019," 8 May 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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