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[luhsh-uh s] /ˈlʌʃ əs/
highly pleasing to the taste or smell:
luscious peaches.
richly satisfying to the senses or the mind:
the luscious style of his poetry.
richly adorned; luxurious:
luscious furnishings.
arousing physical, or sexual, desire; voluptuous:
a luscious figure.
sweet to excess; cloying.
Origin of luscious
late Middle English
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
1. delectable, palatable.
1. disgusting, unpalatable.
Synonym Study
1. See delicious. Unabridged
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  • In consequence of this, he usually reaches the surface in a state of half-blindness, holding the luscious morsel in his bill.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • Tasted these wines; found them sweet and luscious, too much so for my palate.

    Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas W. Hastings Macaulay
  • This luscious fruit is at its best when served fresh from the vines, with the bloom still on.

  • Somebody had discovered a pasture where the bushes were loaded with luscious fruit.

    The Torch Bearer I. T. Thurston
  • Feeding on the luscious berries and the rich cassava root, Lots of dates and lots of guavas, clusters of forbidden fruit.

    The Bon Gaultier Ballads William Edmonstoune Aytoun
British Dictionary definitions for luscious


extremely pleasurable, esp to the taste or smell
very attractive
(archaic) cloying
Derived Forms
lusciously, adverb
lusciousness, noun
Word Origin
C15 lucius, licius, perhaps a shortened form of delicious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for luscious

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



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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