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1 covered with a thick healthy natural growth
  • they loved to go for picnics in the lush woodlands

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2 growing thickly and vigorously
  • lush dandelions had turned the meadow into a sea of yellow

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4 marked by vigorous growth and well-being especially economically
  • those were lush times for the gambling industry, which kept building ever grander casinos

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5 pleasing to the physical senses
  • I could listen to the baritone's lush voice for hours

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6 producing abundantly
  • his lush fields were the envy of neighboring farmers

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lush

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of lush (Entry 2 of 2)

1 a person who makes a habit of getting drunk
  • she accused him of being a lush and a spendthrift

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2 slang a distilled beverage that can make a person drunk
  • you guys can drink if you want, but I'm laying off the lush

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  • nonintoxicant
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How is the word lush distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of lush are exuberant, lavish, luxuriant, prodigal, and profuse. While all these words mean "giving or given out in great abundance," lush suggests rich, soft luxuriance.

a lush green lawn

When would exuberant be a good substitute for lush?

The words exuberant and lush can be used in similar contexts, but exuberant implies marked vitality or vigor in what produces abundantly.

an exuberant imagination

When is lavish a more appropriate choice than lush?

The meanings of lavish and lush largely overlap; however, lavish suggests an unstinted or unmeasured profusion.

a lavish party

When is it sensible to use luxuriant instead of lush?

The words luxuriant and lush are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, luxuriant suggests a rich and splendid abundance.

a luxuriant beard

When could prodigal be used to replace lush?

In some situations, the words prodigal and lush are roughly equivalent. However, prodigal implies reckless or wasteful lavishness threatening to lead to early exhaustion of resources.

prodigal spending

When can profuse be used instead of lush?

Although the words profuse and lush have much in common, profuse implies pouring forth without restraint.

profuse apologies

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The first known use of lush was in 1610

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“Lush.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/lush. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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