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luscious

[luhsh-uh s] /ˈlʌʃ əs/
adjective
1.
highly pleasing to the taste or smell:
luscious peaches.
2.
richly satisfying to the senses or the mind:
the luscious style of his poetry.
3.
richly adorned; luxurious:
luscious furnishings.
4.
arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous:
a luscious figure.
5.
sweet to excess; cloying.
Origin of luscious
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English lucius, unexplained variant of licius, aphetic variant of delicious
Related forms
lusciously, adverb
lusciousness, noun
overluscious, adjective
overlusciously, adverb
overlusciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. delectable, palatable.
Antonyms
1. disgusting, unpalatable.
Synonym Study
1. See delicious.
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Examples from the Web for luscious
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  • And who could be more just than he in distributing the luscious prize?

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • In plucking them they pricked their fingers with the sharp points, but the fruit was luscious.

    Sielanka: An Idyll Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • She could still see him in action with the seven luscious maidens.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • In the fragrance of the blossom of the limes the bees are gleaning a luscious harvest.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • No drop of water might cool his lips, no luscious fruit might soothe his agony.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for luscious

luscious

/ˈlʌʃəs/
adjective
1.
extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
2.
very attractive
3.
(archaic) cloying
Derived Forms
lusciously, adverb
lusciousness, noun
Word Origin
C15 lucius, licius, perhaps a shortened form of delicious
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Word Origin and History for luscious
adj.

late 15c., perhaps a variant (with form perhaps influenced by Old French luxure, lusure) of Middle English licius "delicious" (c.1400), which is perhaps a shortening of delicious, but OED is against this. Related: Lusciously; lusciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for luscious

luscious

adjective

Very attractive; dishy, sexy, zoftig (1748+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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