- expended, bestowed, or occurring in profusion: lavish spending.
- using or giving in great amounts; prodigal (often followed by of): lavish of his time; lavish of affection.
- to expend or give in great amounts or without limit: to lavish gifts on a person.
Origin of lavish
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Examples from the Web for lavishness
He has given in his diary some accounts of the lavishness of the Philadelphia larder.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
Then at the thought of this lavishness Olivia was stricken dumb.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
Lavishness or thrift, alike they proved a mothers affection.
He had been spending money with a lavishness that he wondered at now.A Little Girl of Long Ago
Amanda Millie Douglas
In such a case, luxury becomes a duty, and lavishness the truest economy.Aladdin & Co.
- prolific, abundant, or profuse
- generous; unstinting; liberal
- extravagant; prodigal; wastefullavish expenditure
- (tr) to give, expend, or apply abundantly, generously, or in profusion
Word Origin and History for lavishness
1540s, from lavish (adj.). Related: Lavished; lavishing.
mid-15c., from Middle French lavasse (n.) "torrent of rain, deluge," from Old French lavache, from laver "to wash," from Latin lavare "to wash" (see lave). Related: Lavishly.