- drunkard; alcoholic; sot.
- intoxicating liquor.
- to drink liquor.
- to drink (liquor).
Origin of lush2
Examples from the Web for lushes
He just lushes till he remembers he's married, and then he makes for home and does me up.The Trimmed Lamp
- (of vegetation) abounding in lavish growth
- (esp of fruits) succulent and fleshy
- luxurious, elaborate, or opulent
- a heavy drinker, esp an alcoholic
- alcoholic drink
- US and Canadian to drink (alcohol) to excess
Word Origin and History for lushes
mid-15c., "lax, flaccid, soft, tender," from Old French lasche "soft, succulent," from laschier "loosen," from Late Latin laxicare "become shaky," related to Latin laxare "loosen," from laxus "loose" (see lax). Sense of "luxuriant in growth" is first attested c.1600, in Shakespeare. Applied to colors since 1744. Related: Lushly; lushness.
"drunkard," 1890, from earlier (1790) slang meaning "liquor" (especially in phrase lush ken "alehouse"); perhaps a humorous use of lush (adj.) or from Romany or Shelta (tinkers' jargon).
LUSHEY. Drunk. The rolling kiddeys had a spree, and got bloody lushey; the dashing lads went on a party of pleasure, and got very drunk. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]